Monday, 4 February 2013

Anti-mosque lawyer speaks in Ottawa despite protests

A controversial British lawyer spoke in Ottawa despite protest from groups who oppose his opinion, which is that mosques should not be built in non-Muslim areas.

Gavin Boby spoke in front of 40 people at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library Monday evening as protesters stood outside the branch at the corner of Metcalfe Street and Laurier Avenue West.

Boby, who is also an activist, is known for using zoning regulations to try to stop mosques from opening in areas he considers "non-Muslim."

He told the CBC's Simon Gardner before the speech he does not want views of Islam to dictate certain neighbourhoods.

"Increasingly what we are seeing now is self-declared Muslim areas where you get Muslim patrols saying you can't walk a dog, wear a skirt," he said.

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