Aug 02, 2020
Turin Lets Muslims Hold Public Eid Celebrations Despite Coronavirus Restrictions
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The local government in Turin, Italy, has allowed Muslim groups to publicly celebrate an Islamic holiday while still restricting other gatherings due to the Wuhan coronavirus.
The Turin government has given permission for Muslims to engage in celebrations for the Eid al-Adha festival in nine public and private areas of the city.
Local politician Augusta Montaruli, a member of the national-conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI), slammed the move while noting that the government had cancelled a yearly Christian procession, the processione della Consolata, in June.
“What was the use of banning the Consolata procession, interrupting an ancient tradition in Turin, when the mass prayers of Muslims were authorised?” Ms Montaruli said.
“This is Turin on the day of the Islamic festival of sacrifice, where organising the crowd into separate groups has only increased the number of gatherings in the various neighbourhoods of the city. Thousands of men are crowded together on prayer carpets without the slightest social distance,” Montaruli told Il Giornale.
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Montaruli, who serves in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, slammed the national leftist government. She said it “flexes its muscles when it comes to limiting the religious and political freedoms of Italians in the streets, but grants everything to those who impose foreign identities and traditions in public, in defiance of the delicate health situation that threatens the return of COVID-19”.
Italy, which has been one of the countries in Europe worst hit by the coronavirus, is facing a potential new wave of infections. According to populist leader Matteo Salvini, the threat is due to the surge in arrivals of illegal migrants in recent weeks.
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Philadelphia Officials Hold Emergency Hearing As City Wrestles With Extreme Rise In Gun Violence
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is wrestling with sobering spikes in gun violence. As of Tuesday morning, 259 people have been murdered in Philadelphia this year, a 31% increase from this time last year.
Police have responded to 1,891 shooting incidents, a 55% increase from this time last year and at least 102 children have been shot.
On Tuesday, City Council held an emergency hearing about the extreme rise of gun violence.
It was a collective show of frustration, emotion and urgency among city leaders trying to tackle rising gun violence in Philadelphia.
“We can not have anymore Zamar Joneses,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Krasner was the first to address the City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence and even got emotional during the hearing when talking about 7-year-old Zamar Jones, who was killed during gun crossfire in West Philadelphia.
Krasner says his office is pushing for higher bail on those linked to gun crimes.
“What my office is seeing is that bails are too low and often too low on cases that involve shootings, on cases involving felons in possession of firearms,” he said.
On the heels of Krasner’s testimony, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was peppered with questions about rising crime rates.
Graphics show the undeniable rise in homicides and shootings throughout the city.
“This year, however, our homicide and shooting victims are up 31% and 36% respectively,” said Outlaw. “Currently, the City of Philadelphia ranks No. 2 in total homicides across the country behind Chicago.”
Commissioner Outlaw details the effects of budget cuts on the department, also saying she’s had to redeploy officers out of certain neighborhoods and departments during the height of civil unrest and demonstrations throughout the city.
“We’ve had to make adjustments, we put administrative personnel — we’ve redeployed them into hot spot areas,” she said.
Outlaw continues to tout her 32-page crime prevention plan as a way to curb growing violence as well as establishing a task force in violence-plagued Southwest Philadelphia by using Operation Pinpoint to hone in on crime hot spots, and beefing up narcotics enforcement to combat drug-related shootings on the streets.
“We gotta go back to what we know works,” Outlaw said.