Turkey Banned 75 Christian Expats Over 2 Years for Being ‘National Security Threat’

The photo shows civilians protesting the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. (Photo courtesy of Pivox, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Over the past two years, Turkey has expelled 75 Christian expats, many of them long-term residents. These Christians were told they constitute a national security threat. Turkey did not allow them lawyers or give them any due process.

MNN spoke to a Great Commission worker with connections to Turkey. He says the Turkish government is using the 2016 coup attempt as an excuse to root out the opposition.

The coup

In July of 2016, a segment of the Turkish military launched a coup to topple President Erdogan’s government. Fighter jets attacked the parliament buildings, and tanks took to the streets.

But then, thousands of ordinary citizens too to the streets, opposing the coup. Soldiers and police loyal to the sitting government joined them and squashed the coup. Hundreds of people were killed during the violence.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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