Turkish folk dancers apply for asylum in Hungary

Eleven Turkish folk dancers who received special passports to join a folk dance festival in Hungary have applied for asylum rather than returning home, the private DHA news agency said.

The Ankara City Children and Youth Folk Dancing Society was invited to attend the 5th annual folk dancing festival to mark the end of summer in Budapest, but only five of the group returned to Turkey.

The 16 dancers, who had newly received their folk dancing certificates, received special passports in recognition of their role representing Turkey abroad.

The move will come as an embarrassment to Turkish authorities, as an incident more reminiscent of the former Eastern Bloc or modern day North Korea than an EU membership candidate.


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