(ANSAmed) – MADRID, AUGUST 24 – The interior department of the Catalan regional government has banned a protest against the construction of a new mosque in Salt (Girona), which had been organised this coming Saturday by the Plataforma per Catalunya (PxC), a party close to the anti-immigrant right, because of the risk of “serious threats to public order”. So announced the Generalitat sources quoted by the website of the La Vanguardia newspaper.
The ban was agreed on the basis of negative reports filed by the local police in Salt and the Catalan riot police. The interior department fears that protesters could chant xenophobic slogans and provoke clashes between PxC sympathisers, groups of young North Africans and Indignados. The Girona section of the Indignados movement has organised an “anti-fascist” protest on Saturday afternoon to co-incide with the PxC demonstration.
Salt has an immigrant population of 40% and has serious unemployment problems. In recent months, the town has been the setting for violent clashes between ethnic locals and foreigners, fuelled by PxC propaganda. The party’s leader, Josep Anglada, had previously announced that he would attend the protest against the construction of the mosque, which is due to be built in the Torremirona area of Salt. (ANSAmed).