Germany: Pig’s-head vandalism of mosque condemned

19th May 2020
Germany:  Pig’s-head vandalism of mosque condemned

By Dilara Hamit

 

(AA): An Islamophobic incident in which a pig’s head was mounted onto the door of mosque in southern Germany drew condemnation from Turkey on Monday.

Two unidentified people placed a pig’s head Saturday night on the door of the Fatih Mosque of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) in the southern Germany city of Vaihingen, local media reported Sunday.

The incident took place around midnight and was recorded by surveillance cameras. Two people are said to be involved in the act.

“Even during the holy month of Ramadan and the epidemic, racism and hostility against Islam continues in Europe. The ugly attack on our mosque in Germany is the latest example of this,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted on Monday.

Denouncing the perpetrators’ “sick mentality,” he urged that they be caught immediately.

Germany has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred toward migrants in recent years triggered by far-right parties exploiting fears over refugees and terrorism.

Last year similarly a pig’s head and blood were placed on the grounds of a mosque in Monchengladbach, and a pig’s head and hooves were left at the site of a planned mosque in Rostock.

A country of over 80 million people, Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin.

[Photo: Pig’s head attached to the door of the Fatih Mosque in Vaihingen, Germany, May 17, 2020. Photograph: Courtesy Fatih Mosque/ Facebook]

 

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