Bologna scraps plans for new mosque amid complaints

September 18, 2007 22:24

The northern city of Bologna on Tuesday scrapped plans to build a new mosque amid complaints from residents and Roman Catholic clergy, news reports said. The city said the mosque will still be built, but only after consultation with local residents, the reports said. The city had set aside a parcel of land in the outskirts of town for the mosque. Now, the city is asking residents, the Islamic community and neighborhood associations to come forward with proposals by Oct. 18 on how to proceed with construction, the ANSA and Apcom news agencies reported. The right-wing, anti-immigrant Northern League party had spearheaded a campaign against the mosque and claimed victory Tuesday after the city, headed by center-left mayor Sergio Cofferati, annulled its original decision and set in place the new consultations.

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