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Road closures are in place in and around Mill Road for the official opening of Cambridge Central Mosque by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey.

Cambridgeshire police in place at the mosque in Mill Road for its official opening. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary (23435149)
Cambridgeshire police in place at the mosque in Mill Road for its official opening. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary (23435149)

Cambridgeshire police are in place to support the president’s visit, whose arrival has been marked by protests in King’s Parade at the country’s human rights record.

The road closures, due to be in place from 9am to 6pm, are: Mill Road from its junction with Coleridge Road to Brooks Road; Vinery Road from Mill Road to Romsey Road; St Philip’s Road from Hemingford Road to Vinery Road; Seymour Street from Vinery Road to Mill Road; Suez Road from Mill Road to Marmora Road; Madras Road from Mill Road to Marmora Road; and Hobart Road from Mill Road to Marmora Road.

Cambridgeshire police in place at the mosque in Mill Road for its official opening. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary (23435151)
Cambridgeshire police in place at the mosque in Mill Road for its official opening. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary (23435151)

President Erdoğan, who has been in the UK for the NATO summit at The Grove Hotel in Watford, was invited to the ceremony by Yusuf Islam, a mosque patron better known as the singer Cat Stevens.

A consortium of government agencies in Turkey were the main donors for the mosque, along with a Turkish private company and the Qatar National Fund.

There were more than 10,000 private and public local and international donations in total.

Cambridge Stop The War Coalition, Cambridge Kurdistan Solidarity, Cambridge rs21 and Cambridge Social Ecology say they will protest against the Turkish government at 1pm.

They said: “We will be standing in solidarity with the Kurdish community against Turkish war crimes and against the oppression of any who dare to protest against the Turkish government.”

Cambridgeshire police close the road by the mosque in Mill Road for its official opening. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary (23435156)
Cambridgeshire police close the road by the mosque in Mill Road for its official opening. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary (23435156)

The mosque has prayer capacity for 1,000 worshippers, and features an underground car park with space for 82 vehicles and 300 cycles.

The Turkish president is likely to approve of the ablution areas, decorated in turquoise-coloured Turkish tiles.

A free open day is due to be held at the mosque, which is 309-313 Mill Road, on Saturday December 7.

Guided tours, arts and crafts, an Islamic science exhibition, bazaars and children’s activities will be on offer.

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