Turkish officers have strongly condemned yet one more assault towards Islam’s holy e-book, the Quran, after the anti-Muslim group PEGIDA desecrated a replica of the Quran in entrance of the Turkish Embassy within the Netherlands.
In a press release, the Turkish International Ministry mentioned on Saturday that Ankara condemns the unfold of those “provocative assaults,” that are allowed to be carried out in European nations beneath the guise of freedom of expression.
“The nations the place such assaults have taken place should now take efficient measures towards these provocations, that are acknowledged by the United Nations as acts of non secular hatred and violations of worldwide regulation,” the assertion additional mentioned.
Türkiye known as on the Dutch authorities to take the required actions towards the perpetrators and to take measures to forestall the recurrence of such assaults.
The chief adviser to Erdoğan additionally condemned the current act towards the Quran on X.
“Towards these sick provocative acts, these nations and their rulers should now take the required measures!” Akif Çağatay Kılıç mentioned.
Additionally, Türkiye’s parliamentary speaker condemned the “despicable act of an Islamophobic fascist.”
“We perceive as soon as once more that the ideas which can be mentioned to deliver Europe collectively, reminiscent of democracy, equality, rule of regulation, respect for beliefs and cultures are literally ignored in relation to Islam and Muslims, and that Western nations stay silent as common within the face of such provocative actions. This example is shameful and worrying for the way forward for Europe,” Numan Kurtulmuş mentioned on X.
Earlier, Edwin Wagensveld, the chief of PEGIDA, an Islamophobic group, tore down copies of the Muslim holy e-book, the Quran, in entrance of embassies of a number of Muslim nations, together with the Turkish Embassy.
Islamophobic figures and teams in Northern Europe in current months have repeatedly carried out Quran burnings and related makes an attempt to desecrate Islam’s holy e-book, drawing outrage from Muslim nations and the world.
Presidency of Spiritual Affairs (Diyanet) head Ali Erbaş additionally spoke on the incident on Sunday, saying that these acts disrupt social peace and human rights.
Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç, for his half, mentioned that no nation that’s principled on common human rights can keep silent within the face of those assaults.
“Acts of hate that disregard worldwide regulation, the most recent instance of which we noticed within the Netherlands, are a transparent assault on common values in addition to our faith. Dutch judicial authorities should take fast motion and be certain that those that dedicated this motion are held accountable earlier than the judiciary,” he mentioned.
Türkiye has steadily emphasised that assaults on holy values don’t represent freedom of speech.
Beforehand, Rasmus Paludan, a Danish far-right politician and chief of the Stram Kurs (Exhausting Line) Celebration, continued provocations by burning the Quran within the Swedish cities of Malmo, Norkopin, Jonkoping and Stockholm throughout the Easter holidays in 2022.
Paludan burned the holy e-book in entrance of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm on Jan. 21 and the Danish capital, Copenhagen, on Jan. 27.
Wagensveld tore the Quran in a one-person demonstration in The Hague on Jan. 22, beneath police safety and once more on Feb. 13 within the metropolis of Utrecht.
Muslim teams gathered on the web site the place an illustration in Rotterdam was deliberate and held a counter-demonstration. PEGIDA’s demonstration was not banned regardless of the announcement that the group’s members would burn the Quran.
On Aug. 18, Wagensveld once more tore the Quran in entrance of the Turkish Embassy in The Hague.
In Stockholm, Salwan Momika set the Quran on hearth beneath police safety in entrance of the Stockholm Mosque on June 28, which coincided with the primary day of the Islamic vacation of Eid al-Adha.
Momika trampled the Quran and the Iraqi flag beneath police safety in entrance of the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm on July 20 and the Swedish Parliament on July 31 and July 14.
Bahrami Marjan, who’s of Iranian descent, burned the Quran on Angbybadet seashore in Stockholm on Aug. 3 beneath the safety of police.