Hateful banners against Turks hung in Cypriot mosque

28th Aug 2020

Elham Asaad Buaras

A mosque situated in the Greece administrated part of Cyprus was targeted on July 22. A banner reading ‘Fire and ax for those worshiping the Turkish occupation’ was hung on the railings of the Bayraktar Mosque in Nicosia.

Talip Atalay, head of the Department of Religious Affairs of Northern Cyprus said similar acts are “extremely frightening, inconsistent, ugly and unbecoming actions that require precautionary measures rather than being condemned.

We are deeply saddened by such attacks and aggressive messages that increased in recent months.

We will follow the issue so that these actions of the perpetrators do not go unpunished,” he said.

The Direction of Foundations of TRNC said the group is “following with deep concern the attack of the Lefkosa Bayraktar Mosque, which took place after the attacks of Koprulu Mosque in Larnaca and Tuzla Mosque in Limassol.”

It urged the Greek administration to toleration and to not allow hateful acts.

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