The totalitarians hate referendums.
Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
SYRIZA’s official candidate for the position of Athens mayor on Thursday accused his New Democracy rival of espousing an ultra-nationalist agenda.
“[Aris] Spiliotopoulos is running on a LAOS 2012 platform,” said Gavriil Sakellaridis in reference to the small nationalist party led by Giorgos Karatzaferis which used to be the most right-wing in Greek Parliament before the rise of Golden Dawn.
On Wednesday, Spiliotopoulos repeated his call for a city-wide referendum on the construction of a mosque in Athens. In an interview with Skai TV, Spiliotopoulos, a former education and tourism minister, slammed plans to build a Muslim place of worship at the heart of Athens saying that the capital does not need “another pole for illegal immigration.”
After numerous delays, the government has agreed to build a mosque at the site of a former naval base in Votanikos, near central Athens. The contract for the mosque’s construction was last year awarded to a consortium comprising the firms J&P Avax, Terna, Aktor and Intrakat. Construction was expected to begin this year.
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