Islamic Turkey has taken control over all Christian churches in Diyarbakir to declare them declared them ‘state property’. 

The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hard-line Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens.

Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is the ancient 1.700 years old, Maryam Ana Syriac Orthodox Church. They have now effectively become state property, authorized by a government in a country with dire human rights records and where about 98% of the population is Muslim.

The Turkish authorities claim that they intend to rebuild and restore the historical center of the city, which has partially been destroyed by a brutal urban conflict between the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and Turkey’s military forces.

The decision seems to be made without any reason or justification, and is unacceptable within the limits of the constitutional order. Among the expropriated plots, there are structures belonging to public institutions and places of worship and residences are considered as historical and cultural heritage.

There has officially been filed an appeal against the government’s action. The seizure fits into a pattern in the Middle East where Christians are systematically displaced and persecuted,as part of a covert evil ethnic cleansing program based upon “modern-day” human style engineering.

What’s happening in southern Turkey is all to typical in the Middle East today as ancient Christian and Muslim communities are displaced, persecuted by sectarian violence mainly caused by ISIS. Millions of people have killed, while tens of millions have been deported to unfamiliar territory.

Erdogan has courted open controversy in recent months with the seizure of opposition newspapers like Zaman, which has unsurprisingly since toed a sycophantic pro-government line.

Turkey’s apparent anti-democratic moves have provoked outrage in Europe, where politicians have been left bowing and scraping @ his feet in a desperate bid to resolve the migrant chaos. 

As part of a deal, designed to stem the flow of people entering the continent, EU leaders have promised to open up Europe to 80 million Turks and accelerate the talks on the Muslim country joining the 28-member bloc.

Express, / AA Magnum News 2017.


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