Austria Closes Down Mosques, Turkish President Warns Of Another Crusade

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned that Austria’s decision to close several mosques will lead the world towards another crusade.

Calling to Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, Erdoğan stated:

These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent. […] They say they’re going to kick our religious men out of Austria. Do you think we will not react if you do such a thing? That means we’re going to have to do something.

Kurz’s decision to close 7 mosques and expel 40 imams was announced on June 8.

Declaring that “parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in [Austria],” Sebastian Kurz added that closing radical mosques and expelling imams is only the beginning of a plan to eliminate islamic ideology, radicalization and foreign-funded religious groups in Austria.

This announcement immediately elicited a reaction from Turkey, who, on June 8, labelled the decision as “racist,” “discriminatory,” and “anti-islam.”

In a tweet, Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın, stated that these practices were in violation of human and minority rights.