The construction of a mosque in easter Berlin, the first to be built in eastern Germany, has sparked a movement within the population. The laying of the first stone took place in relative calm on January 2, in the presence of some 90 police officers. The neonazis, who were involved in protests against the project in 2006, have remained silent. But a group of about a hundred people, carrying placards, reiterated the disapproval of this project on the part of a portion of the local residents. According to them, the politicians have acted arrogantly in refusing to hear them out.