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Armenian church in İstanbul vandalized with threatening messages

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Threats were spray painted on the outer walls of the Balat Surp Hreşdagabet Armenian church in İstanbul over the weekend, the Diken news website reported on Monday.

The incident was revealed by the Facebook page of the Armenian Patriarchate, which claimed that unknown attackers perpetrated the vandalism on Feb. 23 towards midnight.

The spray painted messages included the Turkish for “You are finished.”

The Armenian patriarchate conveyed video footage of the incident to the police.

A recent report by a Protestant association had suggested that Christians living in Turkey were worried about the increasing hate speech against their communities.

Many Christian families reportedly had to leave the country due to intensified campaigns on traditional and social media portraying Christians as spies and being aligned with terrorist groups.

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