Italians protest building mosque next to Leaning Tower of Pisa


( Plans to build a mosque next to Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, under protest by some 1,800 Italians who’ve signed a petition, will now require a construction proposal approval.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Credit: Saffron Blaze via Wikimedia Commons.

Egyptian-born Italian journalist and politician, Magdi Allam, who started the petition, called the response, “the Italian revolution.”

Others involved in the protest vow to block plans to build the mosque, saying they’ll continue to gather signatures. “We will not stop here because we expect to get to a higher number of signatures, at least two thousand, to avoid problems with the council,” protest committee vice chairman Gianluca Gambini told Italian press.

Last Thursday, Italian authorities arrested a Tunisian national suspected of plotting a terror attack at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, after he posted on social media a threat to attack the famous tower.

Bilel Chiahoui, who sympathized with the Islamic State was expelled from the country, according to the police report. Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has recently signed a number of expulsion orders of suspected Islamists.

Europe has been facing a barrage of threats of terror and a number of “lone-wolf” attacks from the Islamic State in recent months. European Union Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove recently visited Israel to learn about the state’s technology used in identifying “lone-wolf” terrorists.

Posted on August 18, 2016 .