Austria bans 'Bye Bye Mosque' online game

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Vienna, Sep 6: Austrian authorities have banned a online game where players eliminate animated mosques and Muslims.

The controversial game, Bye Bye Mosque, was launched on Monday, Aug 30, 2010, and faced sharp criticism from Austria's Social Democrats and Green Party, as well as the Islamic and Roman Catholic communities.

The game encouraged players to collect points by putting a target over mosques and minarets emerging from the countryside and clicking a 'Stop' sign. The players also had the chance to eliminate a bearded muezzin calling Muslims to prayer.

The game was launched by the provincial branch of the far-right Freedom Party ahead of an election in Styria, second largest of the nine Austrian federal-states.

"Due to the political pressure from our opponents this game has been banned by Austrian justice authorities," said the political party on their website.

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