Facebook ‘pork party’ protest banned by Paris officials
A ‘Pork and wine party’ organised on Facebook to protest against the ‘Islamisation’ of a neighbourhood has been banned by Paris officials.
The event, organised on the social networking site, was planned for Friday, when the streets would be teeming with Muslims coming out of mosques.
But police cracked down on the pork-based protest and any other copycat gatherings in the Goutte d’Or area of northern Paris’ 18th arrondissement, or district.
Officials stated that the party could cause ‘serious risks to public order’. The party was following a growing trend in France to host open-air drinks parties, organised via Facebook.
The original idea for the Paris gathering came from a woman calling herself Sylvie Francois, who said that she no longer felt at home in the neighbourhood where she had lived all her life.
‘People of French origin can’t have a drink in peace there. If you are a woman you get hostile looks if you’re not wearing an (Islamic) veil,’ she stated.
Her party, who had nearly 7,000 Facebook attendees, urged users to bring a bottle of wine and a sausage.
The party was then picked up by extremist groups, who published it to other Internet sites as a response to the ‘fascist-Islamist offensive in France.’
The street party would have paraded pork and alcohol, forbidden by Islamic law, outside of a mosque on the Rue Myrha.
A ‘halal and mint tea’ party was set up on Facebook in response to the protest.