Jan 10 2018

Islamic preacher criticises Turkey’s AKP government

An Islamic preacher has criticised Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), suggesting it should change its name to the Development with Oppression Party (ZKP), opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

Alparslan Kuytul, an Islamic preacher and head of the religious Furkan Foundation, said during a Dec. 29 conversation with his followers the AKP had set up an “order of oppression” on the pretext of security threats arising from the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, the newspaper said.

The Furkan Foundation defines its aims as bringing up a leading generation with true faith, a love of worship, one that will lead society in its work fighting in rightful ways for the command of Allah on Earth.

Kuytul said the actions of the AKP alienated people from religion and criticised preachers remaining silent against AKP oppression.

“What kind of an excuse is this damned July 15? Every cruelty is carried out using it as an excuse. They have found a way to silence everyone,” Kuytul was quoted as saying. “What is going to happen if one day it is understood that these officials knew about the coup attempt? Because, they are clearly using this (for their own ends).”

Kuytul also said there had not been any comparable injustice in any other period in Turkey.

“I think it is time to change the AKP’s name to the ZKP. If they want to sue me, they can sue me, I don’t care. Most of the bribery and cruelty cases happened during their time. They named themselves the Justice and Development Party, but they didn’t leave any justice in this country. Who has trust in the courts in this country? The ones who are trusted should be the ones who never have anything to do with courts,” he said.