Thursday, March 14, 2019

Reuters: Erdogan accuses women's march of disrespecting Islam

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-womens-day-turkey-erdogan/erdogan-accuses-womens-march-of-disrespecting-islam-idUSKBN1QR0JT
Erdogan accuses women's march of disrespecting Islam
MARCH 10, 2019

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused a women’s march in central Istanbul on Friday of disrespecting Islam by booing the Islamic call to prayer.
Several thousand women had gathered in central Istanbul on Friday evening for a march to celebrate International Women’s Day but police fired tear gas to disperse them.
In an election rally broadcast on television on Sunday, Erdogan showed a video taken during the protest, showing women chanting while a nearby mosque was reciting the call to prayer.
“They disrepected the Azan (call to prayer) by slogans, booing and whistling,” Erdogan told the crowd.
Women who took part in the march said on Twitter the chanting and whistling was part of the demonstration and was not aimed at the call to prayer, which began during their protest.
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Reporting by Ece Toksabay, Editing by Jane Merriman