The French police raided the headquarters of the “Baraka City” charity and the house of its founder, Idris C. Hamdi, and arrested him, about two weeks after the speech of French President Emmanuel Macron, in which he said, “Islam is in crisis.”
The French-based charity reported, through its social media accounts, that French police arrested Si Hamdi, handcuffed him and his wife in front of their children, and asked them to raise their hands.
She explained that Si Hamdi was subjected to violence by the French police, despite his failure to resist them.
Baraka City’s social media accounts reported the moments of the police raid on its headquarters, in a live broadcast.
There has been no official comment yet from the French authorities regarding the raid, during which the police did not find any evidence incriminating the charity, according to its officials.
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Exceptional treatment for the Muslim community. https://t.co/e1E3vvrhED
– BarakaCity (@Barakacity) October 14, 2020
Earlier, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan charged Si Hamdi with “supporting terrorism”, who in turn was acquitted of the terrorism charges against him previously.
Yesterday, Tuesday, Darmanan revealed that the authorities had closed 73 mosques, a private school and a commercial shop since the beginning of this year, under the pretext of “combating extremist Islam.”
And at the beginning of this October, Macron said in a speech that “Islam is experiencing a crisis everywhere in the world,” and that Paris must confront what he described as “Islamic isolationism that seeks to establish a parallel system and the denial of the French Republic.”
This came in conjunction with Macron’s willingness to put forward a bill against “emotional separation”, with the aim of “combating those who employ religion to question the values of the Republic.”
Muslims in France criticized Macron’s statements about Islam and his willingness to introduce the bill, and this came in a statement published on the Mediapart website by 100 Muslim personalities in France, including academics, businessmen, journalists, imams and health workers.
Source : Al-Jazeera + social networking sites + Anadolu Agency