Austrian NGOs, writers and activists are blasting the government’s decision to shut down seven mosques and expel scores of imams.

“We condemn the Austrian government for the decision to shut down seven mosques, as we are absolutely opposed to closing the mosques and the expulsion of imams,” Michael Probsting, a well-known Austrian activist, told Anadolu Agency.

“Austria’s ‘law on Islam’ [Islamgesetz] is at the center of many troubles. Many NGOs protested this legislation before 2015, when it was being debated,” Probsting said.

In 2015, when current Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was minister for Europe, integration and foreign affairs, he backed the Islamgesetz legislation, which, among other things, bans the foreign funding of mosques and imams.

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