Confrontation in Nigvziani between locals and Muslim community
02 November, 2012
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Confrontation between the local population of the village Nigvziani in the Lanchkhuti district and the Muslim environmental migrants from Adjara caused tensions in the village. The locals gathered outside the house turned by migrants into a prayer chapel and declared they would not let the Muslim community carry out prayers and that the confrontation would lead to bloodshed in case the community would persist with their actions.
Owner of the house, Archil Kakhadze, said the community would exercise their right to carry out the prayers despite the protests, and he stressed that the locals had no right to prevent the migrants from doing so. Law authorities are also present at the site. Jemal Paksadze, Mufti of the Islamic Community of All Georgia, as well as Tariel Nakaidze, Head of the Union of Muslims of Georgia, also travelled to the village. Their visit led to protests from the locals, who stressed they would not allow the construction of a mosque and the performance of Muslim prayers in their village.



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