Turkey detains woman for 'insulting religious values' in mosques blaring 'Bella Ciao' case

(Updates with detentions)

Turkish authorities detained a woman in the western province of Izmir on Thursday for 'insulting religious values' in an investigation over mosques sounding Italian resistance song "Bella Ciao" from their minarets, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Earlier on Thursday, another person was also detained but later released, it said.

Ali Erbaş, the head of Turkey's top religious body, the Religious Affairs Directorate said the authorities had launched investigations into social media accounts praising the incident, T24 reported.

"We filed a criminal complaint about this incident, which deeply hurt all Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan, and an investigation was launched by the responsible authorities against the ones who carried out this provocative action, shared the videos and praised this ugly act on their social media accounts," Erbaş said.

Residents in Izmir were stunned by an unexpected "call for prayer" experience when several mosques sounded  "Bella Ciao" from their minarets on Wednesday.

Mosques throughout Turkey have been reciting a chapter of the Quran and supplications daily since March to "boost morale" during the coronavirus pandemic.


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