The Canadian town of Saint-Apollinaire; has voted to oppose a zoning change that would allow a Muslim cemetery to be built. The town’s decision to block the cemetery has led to an outcry amongst Muslims and civil-rights advocates across the country.
“We never thought people could oppose the installation of a cemetery,” the centre’s president Mohamed Labidi told Radio-Canada. “What are they afraid of?” He went on say that this referendum may lead to human rights violation.
The cemetery was proposed by the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre, which was the site of a shooting that killed six people and injured 19 in January.
The mayor of the town supported the cemetery and has said he fears his town’s reputation has been hurt.