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South Korea's Muslims face backlash over mosque construction

Seoul Central Mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul

Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

South Korea faces some contradictory challenges in its relations with its foreign population. On the one hand the country’s low birthrate necessitates importing foreign labor, while on the other hand the country sometimes struggles to protect foreigners human rights.

Anti-Islamic activists and some local residents in Daegu, South Korea, are protesting the lawful construction of a mosque. In addition to harassing local Muslims, they have blocked access for construction and created an online petition, spreading Islamophobic hate. Moaz Razaq, a PhD. computing science major at the nearby university, wants only a proper facility for the 150 local Muslim students to pray.

The mosque design had received the necessary permits, but after a complaint the district office halted construction. When that initial suspension was lifted by court order, the protests and blockage began.

Anti-mosque protestors voiced fear of the Islamization of the country, complaining about Muslims attire and smell.
Meanwhile the mosque beams and frame and other building materials have become damaged by exposure, waiting for more than 6 months.

In the small house next to the construction site, the local Muslims students continue to offer their prayers, while seeking a resolution.

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