Muslim prayer meeting banned in N African enclave

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8 October 2007, MADRID - AFP - Authorities in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta Monday rejected a request by Islamic leaders to hold a prayer meeting for around 20,000 Muslims to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

8 October 2007

MADRID - AFP - Authorities in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta Monday rejected a request by Islamic leaders to hold a prayer meeting for around 20,000 Muslims to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

A spokewoman for the regional government, Yolanda Bel, said it would be impossible to prepare the public square for such a meeting in the time available.

An Islamic community association in Spain, UCIDCE, had planned to hold the prayer meeting in Ceuta on Friday to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Ceuta, a tiny Spanish enclave perched on the coast of north Africa, has around 30,000 Muslims among its 75,000 population. It and another Spanish enclave, Melilla, are both claimed by Morocco.

Bel told a news conference that the regional government, run by Spain's conservative Popular Party, had asked UCIDCE in the future to give it more notice of such events "as this year there is not enough time."

Municipal authorities in Ceuta had authorized the meeting but said the final decision would have to come from the regional government.

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