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Turkish minarets hacked, Ciao Bella called for prayer

Christian Fernsby |
In last two days, unknown persons in Turkey have hacked mosques’ digital audio systems in the coastal city of Izmir and played Ciao Bella and other songs with revolutionary messages.

Topics: TURKISH   

After videos of the stunt were widely shared, Izmir police announced that they had started an investigation on Thursday and detained several people for insulting religion.

The detainees included Banu Ozdemir a former city official of main opposition Republican People’s Party, CHP.

The Turkish Religious Authority, the Diyanet, announced that it had filed a criminal complaint about the hacking.

“These people are unknown and evil-minded. They insulted our sacred religious values in the holy month of Ramadan. We have filed a criminal complaint at the city prosecutor’s office,” the chief cleric in Izmir, Mufti Sukru Balkan, said on Thursday.

The Diyanet had to suspend all calls to prayers, known as adhans, in Izmir because of the attacks until further notice.


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