Posters calling for financial donations to help save a contentious mosque in Winterthur have been put up around the eastern Swiss city.

The posters in support of the An'Nour mosque were seen around town on Tuesday but promptly removed by Winterthur authorities, who said they had not been pre-informed of the posters, reported news agencies on Wednesday.

Associations and communities are allowed to use free publicity sites around the town but must inform the authorities and have their posters checked beforehand, they said.

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