Congregation protested ‘political sermon’ in Kurdish-majority Diyarbakır, 4 detained

Mosque-goers in eastern Turkey protested the imams for making propaganda of military operation in Syria during Friday sermons in the mosques.

Four people were detained for protesting the imams in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır, Germany-based news outlet Artı Gerçek reported.

Ziya Pir, an MP from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said hundreds of people from the congregation left the mosques in protest of the sermons.

Abdurrahman Cens, the deputy leader of Islamist Free Cause Party (HÜDA-PAR) also protested the sermons, saying “We thought we went to the mosque for Friday prayers, but it was the state of the union address.”

The text of the sermons, prepared by the provincial state religious authority, praised the Turkish military incursion against Syrian Kurdish militia in the northwestern district of Afrin, news report said.

The imams called on the congregation to pray for Turkey’s victory, Artı Gerçek said.