| Turkey steals six Christian churches as state property
| Monday, April 18, 2016
|seizes steals six churches as state property in volatile southeast,” World Watch Monitor, April 6, 2016: After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey’s war-torn
southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property,
apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region’s
largest city, Diyarbakir.
But to the dismay of the city’s handful of Christian congregations,
this includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike
the state-funded mosques, Turkey’s ancient church buildings – some of
which pre-date Islam – have been managed, historically, by church
The new decision has effectively made the Diyarbakir churches – one
1,700 years old, another built only in 2003 – state property of Turkey,
an Islamic country of 75 million. Who are the Kurds? Kurds make up an estimated 20% of the total Turkish population. The
Kurds maintain the Allies promised them an independent state after World
War II, which never happened.
Since 1984, more than 40,000 have died in
Turkey in the fight for autonomy. Over the past 10 months, the Turkish
army have killed an estimated 5,000 PKK militants and lost 355 soldiers
across the southeast, according to current government statistics. (The
number of civilian deaths remains in dispute.)
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:52 AM