Dec 04 2017

Mosques used to call faithful to Erdoğan rally

The speaker systems of the mosques of 67 villages in the eastern province of Kars were used to summon locals to attend a party rally held by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to the left-wing BirGün newspaper.

The mosques read out the message “We invite our people to the congress attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan”.

“Citizens living in Taşbasamak (Mirzecan) and Omuzbaşı (Şıkrok) villages said that they had been told that vehicles in the village had been identified and that school buses that did not go to the congress would have measures taken against them,” the paper said, adding that public employees and students had already been told the rally was compulsory.

Besides the issue of using religious buildings for political purposes, mosques in Turkey are run by the state, leading to questions over the use of public property for party political ends, the newspaper said.