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Turkey Criticizes Rotterdam Mayor for Allowing Pegida Pig Roast at mosque

Turkey has criticized the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, for allowing anti-Islam movement Pegida to roast pigs in front of the Laleli mosque on 31 May. Omer Celik, the Turkish minister of foreign affairs, took...

by Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten
(Image: Edward Musiak/Flickr)

Turkey has criticized the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, for allowing anti-Islam movement Pegida to roast pigs in front of the Laleli mosque on 31 May. Omer Celik, the Turkish minister of foreign affairs, took to twitter to call the decision to allow this protest "immoral." "Mr. Abutalib, from a Muslim family, says that organizing a demonstration is a fundamental legal right. Since when has disrespect to mosques become a legal right? Any disrespect to mosques, churches and synagogues is a hate crime," Celik wrote. Aboutaleb has often been the target of criticism from Turkey.

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