TurkeyJanuary 5 2023, 17:21 pm

Turkish Consul Visits Right-Wing Extremist Association Mosque

Turk­ish media is report­ing that, fol­low­ing a police raid, a Turk­ish Con­sul Gen­er­al vis­it­ed the mosque of a Turk­ish right-wing extrem­ist asso­ci­a­tion in Ger­many. Accord­ing to the Hür­riyet report:

13 Novem­ber 2022: The Con­sul Gen­er­al of the Repub­lic of Turkey in Essen, Sezai Tol­ga Şimşir, vis­it­ed the Mül­heim Mosque Asso­ci­a­tion and Cul­tur­al Cen­ter of the Euro­pean Turk­ish Islam­ic Union (ATIB), which was raid­ed by the Ger­man police last Fri­day due to a tip-off. Con­sul Gen­er­al Şimşir, who per­formed Fri­day prayers togeth­er with the cit­i­zens in the Masjid of the ATIB Mül­heim an der Ruhr Mosque Asso­ci­a­tion and Cul­tur­al Cen­ter, had a con­ver­sa­tion with the cit­i­zens about the ser­vices of the Con­sulate Gen­er­al after the talks about the police raid. [Trans­lat­ed by DeepL]

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Accord­ing to the arti­cle, the raid was based on a false report to the police, and the police apol­o­gized for the raid.

The Union of Turk­ish-Islam­ic Cul­tur­al Asso­ci­a­tions in Europe (Turk­ish: Avru­pa Türk-İsl­am Bir­liği; ATIB) is con­sid­ered a right-wing extrem­ist asso­ci­a­tion by the Ger­man domes­tic intel­li­gence agency. Accord­ing to the agency’s 2021 report, ATIB has 1200 mem­bers and rep­re­sents a more Islam­i­cal­ly-ori­ent­ed part of the far-right “Ülkücü” move­ment, also known as the Grey Wolves. Ger­man media has report­ed that mosques asso­ci­at­ed with ATIB employ imams sent by Turkey’s top reli­gious author­i­ty, Diyanet. In Sep­tem­ber 2022, GIOR report­ed on ATIB’s Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary being elect­ed as the Deputy Chair­woman of the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Mus­lims in Ger­many, the government’s lead­ing dia­log part­ner for soci­etal issues about Islam and the local Mus­lim community.



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