Province governor recommends students join Islamic movement

A Turkish state official recommended school students join the Human and Civilisation Movement, a front for the Islamic-nationalist National Turkish Students Union (MTTB), the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

The governor of the Black Sea province of Samsun, Osman Kaymak, called the group, “the address for those who want to contribute to the cause of Islamism”. The governor told students assembled from around the province that he could “comfortably say that you should get in touch with them”.

Provincial governors, appointed by the central government, are not meant to engage in party politics.

Many former members of the MTTB have gone on to serve in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and former President Abdullah Gül.

The present Turkish Parliamentary Speaker İsmail Kahraman lead the MTTB from 1967-1969, a period that encompassed the “Bloody Sunday” scandal, in which counter-protesters led by the group killed two leftist students who were protesting the docking of the United States 6th Fleet in Istanbul on Feb. 16, 1969.

“Friends,” Kaymak said, “The civil society organisation called Human and Civilisation truly works for this country’s unity, its undivided wholeness and the running of this country by good people.”

“This civil society organisation is a civil society organisation which does good work and where good people come together.”