Voice Of Europe
June 11, 2018
Last Friday, the Austrian government announced that it could expel up to 60 Turkish imams and their families, as well as closing down seven mosques, in a clampdown on what the government has called “political Islam”.
Sebastian Kurz, the Chancellor of Austria, said that the country would no longer tolerate the existence of “parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation”.
In a speech delivered in Istanbul on 9 June, Turkey’s President Erdogan responded to Austria’s political plans, criticizing the strong anti-Islamist moves, and threatening a religious war between Islam and Christianity
“They said they will kick our faith brothers out of Austria (…) do you think we’ll do nothing in response? That’s mean, we’ll have to take action.”
Erdogan’s speech comes in the run-up to presidential and legislative elections on 24 June and was likely exaggerated with a desire to rally and energise his supporters, but his words should not be taken lightly.
As early as 16 March of 2017, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, predicted in a pro-Erdogan rally in the town of Antalya that “religious wars will soon happen in Europe”.
This article was posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:27 am