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Fear and loathing in Bendigo over multi-million dollar mosque

A $3 million mosque has been approved in East Bendigo amid fury from a group of residents who demanded to know what “safety measures” had been taken to prevent a terrorist attack in the regional centre.

by Aisha Dow, Source: www.theage.com.au

A $3 million mosque has been approved in East Bendigo amid fury from a group of residents who demanded to know what “safety measures” had been taken to prevent a terrorist attack in the regional centre.

The controversial plan was brought to a head on Wednesday night, when councillors votied 6-2 to approve the building on be used for daily prayers, community lectures and weddings.

Vocal protesters, some carrying placards, packed the chamber for two hours of fierce debate over the Rowena Street proposal. One woman asked the councillors if they would be able to sleep at night if Islam “descended” on Bendigo.

One councillor also read out letters which voiced fears about Islam. Cr Elise Chapman repeated comments around Muslims having more children than Australians do.

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Protesters at the meeting. Photo: Jim Aldersey

Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fear-and-loathing-in-bendigo-over-multimillion-dollar-mosque-20140618-zsdw4.html

 

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