Turkey condemns ‘pig’s head’ Islamophobia at mosque in Germany

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday condemned an attack on a mosque in Germany, calling it the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia in Europe.

Two unidentified people placed a pig's head Saturday night on the door of the Fatih Mosque run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) in the southern German city of Vaihingen.

"Racism and Islamophobia still continue in Europe even during Holy Ramadan and pandemic," Çavuşoğlu tweeted.

"Desecration of our mosque in Germany is the latest example. The symbol used in this heinous attack illustrates this sick mindset," he said.

In 2019, a mosque in Germany run by the DITIB received letters signed by PEG, the acronym for Prinz Eugen Group named after a Nazi-era military brigade, insulting Islam, Turks, and Arabs and including an image of a pig.

That same year, a pig's head and several bags of blood were placed on the site of a mosque in Monchengladbach. An Islamic association in Rostock was also the victim an attack in 2019, when a pig's head and several hooves were placed on the construction zone of a planned mosque.