Swiss Vote to Ban Islamic Minarets
Swiss voters have decided in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban the construction of minarets in the tiny Alpine country.The "Yes" vote - to amend the constitution in favor of banning minarets - stunned experts who had predicted the measure would be rejected. It also sent ripples of anxiety across the country's Muslim community, which makes up about six percent of Switzerland's population.
Human rights groups say a ban against minaret construction violates freedom of expression. Many Muslims have expressed concern the vote could resonate across Europe, including in neighboring France - home to about five million Muslims, Western Europe's largest Islamic community.
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