Sunday, May 26, 2013

(Updated) Islamists stab kissing couples in Turkey

After London and Paris comes Ankara

A Couple taking part in a 'kissing protest' against a 'morality campaign' by the authorities in Ankara.

Islamists yesterday attacked a group of kissing couples in a Turkish metro station, according to reports from the Daily Star Lebanon and local media outlets. One person was stabbed when around 20 Islamists chanting "Allah hu Akhbar" (God is Greatest) and some carrying knives attacked the demonstrators on Saturday. Local news outlets only today reported the incident involving nearly 200 people.

The kissing protest was organised after officials in the Ankara municipality, which is run by Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), admonished a young couple for kissing in the street. Turkey is predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular, although the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has introduced several measures opponents see as a sign of the creeping Islamisation of the country, including restrictions on alcohol.

UPDATE: has more pictures

Islamist wielding a knife

Turkish secular/Kemalist hippies