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CHP's Baykal: An "Ismailaga" republic has been formed in Fatih

HDN | 9/11/2006 12:00:00 AM |

Deniz Baykal, the leader of the main opposition party, CHP, has commented following the murder of an imam in the religious quarter of "Carsamba" in Istanbul that the sect which the imam belonged to has "taken over the area." Baykal also called for the current AKP-led administration not to stay silent on the case, and praised the media for its stance in the wake of both the imam's killing as well as the subsequent lynching of the murderer by the congregation of faithful at the mosque where the incident took place.

chp''s baykal: an "ismailaga" republic has been formed in fatih . deniz baykal, the leader of the main opposition party, chp, has commented following the murder of an imam in the religious quarter of "carsamba" in istanbul that the sect which the imam belonged to has "taken over the area . " baykal also called for the current akp-led administration not to stay silent on the case, and praised the media for its stance in the wake of both the imam''s killing as well as the subsequent lynching of the murderer by the congregation of faithful at the mosque where the incident took place . some of baykal''s comments following the murder at the ismailaga mosque in fatih last week: . "the sect has completely taken over the district . they have even set up their own judicial system . two enormous boxes are placed in front of the sect leaders, and following prayers, gold and all sorts of money are placed in these boxes . which means they are collecting taxes . also, they have their own security forces there to prevent outsiders from touring the area so, what does this all mean? it means they have set up some sort of state, a republic in fact . " . baykal also reserved sharp criticism for the current akp-led administration, accusing it of staying silent in the face of the "carsamba" extremists . ismailaga istanbul ismailaga

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