Swiss Muslims open mosque doors

Posted on November 7, 2009


BBC News

Muslims in many parts of Switzerland have invited the public into mosques – three weeks before a vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets.

Muslim organisations say they hope their open day will counter what they say are fears and prejudices.

The conservative group that initiated the vote – the largest party in the Swiss parliament – says minarets are a symbol of Muslim political power.

Opinion polls suggest the proposed ban will be rejected by voters. […]

The open day was held on Saturday in 12 cantons, including Geneva, Vaud and Freiburg. […] The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes, who visited a mosque in Zurich, says the many non-Muslims who came enjoyed themselves.