Italy: Populists block Muslim group’s bid to turn chapel into mosque


Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini named Islam as "one of the greatest threats to Italy" and stated months ago: Centuries of history are at risk of disappearing if Islamisation, which has been underestimated until now, finally wins.

Lombardy's populist League-led local government has blocked plans to turn an old chapel into a mosque after an Islamic group outbid Christians at the auction of a church in Bergamo, northern Italy. The region's president, Attilio Fontana, announced at the weekend that the council had utilised a 2004 law which allows regional government to halt a sale in the name of safeguarding cultural sites.