Pig's head buried under cross on Belgium mosque site

19th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Opponents of plans to build a mosque in a southern Belgian city buried the head of a pig under a Christian cross bearing the inscription: "Here Lies Mohamed".

Xavier Godefroid, an official with the mayor's office in French-speaking Charleroi, told AFP Tuesday that the protesters' actions were "unacceptable, intolerable and disrespectful," adding that police had opened an investigation.

The pig's snout was still sticking out of the ground when the decapitated animal -- which practising Muslims will not eat, and therefore represents a major insult -- was found.

Charleroi mayor Jean-Jacques Viseur told a news conference that faced with such a "stupid gesture... we are all Muslims" now.

© 2011 AFP

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