Lyon : a fire burns a muslim prayer room - The Point

A new place of worship, a muslim in the urban area of lyon to be the victim of a fire. In the night from Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 August, caught fire and sli

Lyon : a fire burns a muslim prayer room - The Point

A new place of worship, a muslim in the urban area of lyon to be the victim of a fire. In the night from Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 August, caught fire and slightly damaged a prayer hall of Lyon, the salle es salaam, located in a social housing refurbished recently and located in the 2nd arrondissement of the city. This is the second such incident in a week. The fire, probably of criminal origin, has blackened the door of the prayer room. Depending on the details of the parquet floor, the fire was triggered at 2: 16 in the morning.

" The fire would be criminal, according to the first information that made me go back to the firefighters and police officers ", told Agence France-Presse the mayor (LR) of the 2nd arrondissement, Pierre Olivier. The public prosecutor has confirmed " privileging the hypothesis criminal." The investigation, opened under the head of damage volunteers by fire, has been entrusted to the departmental safety of Lyon. The quick intervention of the fire brigade ensured that there are no victims, welcomed Mr. Olivier. The building where the prayer room consists of several apartments.

According to a journalist of the Agence France-Presse on the spot, the damage is limited to the door and to the entrance hall. While a strong smell of burning hung still on the scene, two faithful déblayaient the ashes in front of the door. "This is just the door that has burned. Fortunately, the fire did not hit the neighbors up, " noted Naaman Amaamin, 75 years of age, one of the volunteers of the mosque. The secretary-general of the mosque Abderrazak-Chenini has announced its intention to file a complaint.

"I protect the freedom of worship," says Gérald Darmanin

last Friday, a local appendix to the prayer room in Bron, near Lyon suburbs had been damaged by a fire, probably of criminal origin, according to the public prosecutor. "A few days after Bron, the muslim community is in an uproar about the proliferation of these acts of hate and intolerance," said to the Agence France-Presse Abdallah Zekri, president of the national Observatory of fight against the islamophobia and general delegate of the French Council of the muslim cult (CFCM).

"I can only condemn with force to such behavior and address all of my solidarity to the people of Lyon, still under the shock of what happened to Bron," added Abdallah. On Twitter, the minister of the Interior and of Cults Gérald Darmanin has condemned the new attempt to fire in the lyon conurbation, noting that it was the second in a week. "Acts of anti-muslim, anti-semitic, anti-christian : such attacks are idiots and hate are contrary to all that is France. I protect the freedom of worship ", he assured.

Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 06:33

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