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Muslims In Prague Hold Friday Prayers In Public Protesting Police Raid

Muslims In Prague Protest Against Police Raidi
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May 02, 2014
Hundreds of Muslims held Friday prayers outdoors near the Czech Interior Ministry in Prague on May 2. The gathering was held as a protest against a police raid during last week's Friday prayers at the Islamic Foundation in Prague, where forces detained an unknown number of Muslims. Police later said the raid led to the arrest of a man suspected of distributing books inciting racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia. (Video by RFE/RL's Uzbek Service)
By RFE/RL's Uzbek Service
More than 500 Muslims in the Czech capital, Prague, held Friday Prayers in an open space near the Czech Interior Ministry to protest last week's police raid at the premises of the Islamic Foundation in Prague.

The chairman of Prague-based Center for Muslim Communities, Muneeb Hassan Alrawi, told RFE/RL before the protest on May 2 that the goal of the event was to show that last week's raid by police was "too harsh and inadequate."

On April 25, police disrupted Friday Prayers by raiding the foundation's two premises in Prague that also serve as mosques for local Muslims, including representatives of foreign embassies.

An unknown number of Muslims were detained then.

Police explained the raid later, announcing it led to the arrest of a man suspected in distribution of books inciting racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.

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