Italian Deputy PM and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has come out in support of the Austrian government’s decision to shut down 7 mosques that are deemed to pose a risk to wider society, whilst also kicking out some imams.

The mosques are thought to have posed a radicalization risk and they were seen as promoting a parallel society.

Translated into English, Salvini’s comments read: “I believe in freedom of worship, not in religious extremism. Those who use their faith to put the security of a country at risk must be removed! I hope already next week to meet the Austrian Minister colleague to discuss the lines of action.”

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