Islamophobia grows in Spain, 546 incidents in 2017

Report by Plataforma Ciudadana against religious intolerance

02 March, 21:48

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MARCH 2 - Islamophobia is on the rise in Spain, where 546 incidents of hate or intolerance were recorded in 2017, with two-thirds - about 386 - on the Internet, according to the annual report on Islamophobia presented Friday at the Casa Arabe in Madrid by the Plataforma Ciudadana Against Islamophobia.

    The incidents include hostile messages towards the Muslim community by political leaders, attacks on mosques, media campaigns against the opening of new religious centres, as well as aggression and discrimination against Muslim women and the proliferation of hate and fake news with xenophobic messages on social networks.

    Of the incidents recorded last year, 21% were acts against women, 8% against men, 4% against children, with 4% against non-Muslims.

    The report said 7% of incidents were against mosques and religious centres.

    Of the regions in Spain, Catalonia had the highest number of incidents of Islamophobia - above all following the jihadist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils - followed by Andalusia and the Valencian Community.

    The Plataforma Ciudadana is a national independent association founded in 2011 by the Islamic Cultural Centre of Valencia, the Movement Against Intolerance, and the Junta Islamica, a member of the Council of Victims of Hate Crimes and Discrimination, a pioneering organisation and point of reference in Europe.(ANSAmed).

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