POLITICS > Turkish Deputy PM claims Gezi protesters kissed at Istanbul mosque where they took refuge


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Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ is seen during the budget debate at the Parliament. AA photo

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ is seen during the budget debate at the Parliament. AA photo

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ criticized Gezi Park protesters Dec. 12 for allegedly kissing when they took refuge at a mosque during a police crackdown on demonstrators in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş neighborhood between May 31 and June 3.

Speaking during a debate at the General Assembly on matters relating to the Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet), Bozdağ has maintained once again that protesters consumed alcohol inside the Dolmabahçe Mosque, as previously asserted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, further claiming that protesters had kissed.

“[On the subject of] groups littered [the grounds of the Dolmabahçe mosque] with their cigarette ash, left beer cans, got drunk and kissed… I would have expected a sentence that said ‘this is shameless, this is disrespectful of this mosque, this temple, the values of this nation’,” Bozdağ said, addressing opposition deputies.

“Mosques in this country have never been exposed to such vulgarity and disrespect. Our religious values had never been trampled in this way before,” Bozdağ said.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Parliamentary Chair, Muharrem İnce, strongly reacted to Bozdağ’s words: “While you criticize what young people in this country do in desperation, you can’t criticize American soldiers at İncirlik [airbase] or Iraq [who enter mosques] with their boots on,” İnce said.

Doctors offered an immediate medical response to Gezi protesters at the Mosque during a fierce police crackdown. An investigation was launched into the issue after Erdoğan, at rallies in Ankara and Istanbul, openly accused the protesters of drinking alcoholic beverages and entering the mosque with their shoes.

Muezzin Fuat Yıldırım has confirmed that first aid had been administered to injured protesters between May 31 and June 3, but has repeated that he did not see alcoholic beverages being consumed in the mosque, in contrast to Erdoğan’s accusations.


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Çılgın Kanarya

12/24/2013 8:42:25 PM

GT BADEN, I think you'll find that all the nonsense is coming from you. "... when the army holds a pistol to their head". WHAT???!! Have you forgotten that MILLIONS of people took to the streets to demand that Morsi resign, & 20 MILLION signed a petition to this effect? It was completely the opposite, with the army facilitating the demands & will of the people! If you seriously believe that millions mobilized out of fear of al-Sisi, then I am genuinely concerned about your state of mind! WAKE UP

GT Baden

12/24/2013 1:51:17 PM

You must have a unique intelligence to believe in that egyptians can tell what they really think when the army holds a pistol to their head. Which universe are you living in ? I will no longer waste my time by answering this nonsense , you may write whatever you want.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/23/2013 10:15:27 PM

GT BADEN, I understood exactly what you wrote, & the fact that you're unable to offer a logical reason for the Egyptian public's sudden dislike of the Turkish government is also very clear to see. And I do not have the time to reason with those who don't even know the difference between a real military coup, & a popular revolt facilitated by the army, with fresh elections slated to reinstate civilian rule! Tell me, why do you think the MAJORITY of Egyptians obviously disagree that it was a coup?

GT Baden

12/22/2013 11:48:57 AM

It seems you don't understand what you read. I don't have time to reason with those who support military coups !

Çılgın Kanarya

12/21/2013 9:57:20 PM

GT BADEN, if all you've got to offer in response to my question is, 'Go and ask Erdoǧan', well, you're clearly demonstrating that you can think of no reasonable, logical answer. And do you know why that is? It's because there isn't one, which in turn is why I asked it! Just admit defeat and let it go, because you're starting to look a little ridiculous now.

GT Baden

12/20/2013 9:35:05 AM

Çılgın Kanarya : I answered your question below , if you don't understand read it again !

Çılgın Kanarya

12/20/2013 4:05:04 AM

GT BADEN, well done for avoiding answering my question, which was to explain why the MAJORITY of Egyptians obviously don't regard the overthrow of the backward, despotic Morsi as a "coup"! If you don't possess the intellect to distinguish between a genuine military coup which aims to establish permanent martial rule, and a military intervention to facilitate a popular uprising against a tyrannical dictatorship, with fresh elections planned to reinstate civilian rule, well, that's not my problem.

GT Baden

12/19/2013 4:13:50 PM

Çılgın Kanarya : Go and ask to your corrupt Turkish leader Erdogan why isn't he supported anymore ? probably he will have an answer. And finally, your comment on Egypt military coup is absolutely ridiculous, such a 18th - 19th century mentality mustn't have a place in the country candidate for EU.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/19/2013 1:24:09 PM

GT BADEN, Egypt under the İslamist tyranny of Morsi was absolutely NOT a democracy! Sometimes popular revolutions are necessary to topple undemocratic, dangerous & tyrannical regimes in order to prevent the country from sliding any further backwards. The MAJORİTY of ordinary Egyptians obviously agree with me, rather than with you & your despotic hero Tayyip, otherwise can you please explain the massive drop in Egyptian public approval for Turkey's government between 2012 (84%) & this year (38%)?

neo ottoman

12/17/2013 11:24:02 PM

@Çılgın Kanarya , I am proud of my nick name ! I am neither democrat nor being in favour of military coup !
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