Call to prayer is renewal of intention to conquer Vienna, says Erdoğan-affiliated foundation

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Members of the Turkey Youth Foundation (TÜGVA), an organization affiliated with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son, said in a statement on Friday that the call to prayer is a renewal of the intention to complete the unfinished conquest of Vienna, among other major world cities.

Foundation members in Diyarbakır issued a statement after morning prayer to protest a March 8 feminist march in Istanbul that had previously been targeted by Erdoğan. The president claimed that the participants booed the call to prayer, an allegation denied by participants.

Speaking on behalf of TÜGVA Seher Şenyüz reiterated Erdoğan’s claim and said the women protested the call to prayer on International Women’s Day.

“The call to prayer for us is a renewal of the intention to conquer Rome, New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin, Paris and complete the unfinished conquest of Vienna,” the group said in the statement.

The conquest of Vienna is significant in Turkish history since in 1683 the Ottoman Empire failed in its siege of the city, which for many signaled the beginning of the decline of the empire.

Erdoğan’s son Bilal Erdoğan sits on the advisory board of the foundation.

In January a report by Sözcü columnist Çiğdem Toker found that the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality had transferred an exorbitant amount of money to foundations run by President Erdoğan’s family members.

The report indicated that the municipality granted TL 74.3 million ($13.9 million) to TÜGVA in 2018 and previous years.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The scorpio shows his real nature, he wants to invade, ethnic clean, surpresse and enslave. Intolerance, cheating and crualty is his legacy. Good thing Turkey will be no part of Europe and the civilzed world as long as he is in power.

  2. I used to think that Turks were still fighting World War I/Sevres and so on but now I see that these brain-washed youngsters (Turkey’s next generation?) are, instead, still in the 17th century fighting at the gates of Vienna. Hard to move on . . . .

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