However, that doesn’t stop Muslims from congregating in illegal makeshift mosques in basements which endanger the legal residents of the building. Muslim-sympathizing Italian leftists turn a blind eye to the illegal squatters.
Scenes of Muslims demanding a place to pray have become a frequent sight in Italy. Islam, the second largest religion in the country after the Roman Catholic faith, is not officially recognized by the state and it has just one official mosque, in Rome. Politicians cite radical imams, polygamy, forced child marriage, execution for apostasy, and oppression of women as obstacles to Islam ever being recognized as an official religion in Italy.
Ignoring the laws of Italy, as Muslims feel entitled to do, they can be found staging impromptu group street prayer, even in areas filled with tourists, unconcerned that they are blocking traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian.