ISLAMIC HALL IN CORSICA VANDALISED
A crowd has vandalised, on Friday 12/25/2015 evening, a Muslim prayer hall in Corsica’s capital Ajacco in apparent retaliation for an attack on firefighters, the previous Thursday 12/24/2915 night when firefighters were ambushed by “several hooded youths”, according to French media report.
, in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. Officials say a small group of protesters also tried to burn copies of the Koran in the capital, Ajaccio.
Overall, several hundred people gathered in the city to express support for two firefighters and a police officer injured on Thursday.
On Friday, the crowd gathered in front of the prefecture in Ajaccio to show their solidarity with the firefighters. Some protesters later marched to the scene of the attack on Thursday night – a poor neighbourhood in the capital.
They chanted “Arabs get out!” and “This is our home!”, AFP news agency reports. The demonstrators then attacked the local Muslim prayer room, ransacking it and partially burning books – including copies of the Koran.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the attack was “an unacceptable desecration”.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith also denounced the violence.
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