>> Seven mosques in Austria will be shutted and up to 40 imams expelled. It's part of what the country's right-wing government calls just the beginning of a push against Islamic ideology, and the foreign funding of religious groups. Austria's coalition government of conservatives in the far right came to power promising to clamp down on migration and benefits for refugees.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz already oversaw a tough new law on Islam in 2015, in his previous job as Minister of Integration. That ban formed funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim societies to have a, quote, positive fundamental view towards Austria's state.>>
]>> The country counts roughly 600,000 Muslims, many of Turkish origin.
One of the Vienna mosques to be shut down for operating illegally is influenced by the Grey Wolves, a Turkish nationalist youth group. A Turkish presidential spokesman tweeted that the decision was a reflection of the Islamophobic, racist, and discriminatory wave in Austria.