LAST UPDATE: 14:14
A dangerous article was published in a Turkish magazine of the group that also publishes Yeni Şafak.
Many members of the minority, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were accused of providing assistance to Fethullah Gulen so that he could stage a coup against Tayyip Erdogan.
In fact, there are photos of the those accused in the article, in which the Ecumenical Patriarch can be seen.
Ecumenical Patriarchate: Threatened with racist attacks and desecration
The Ecumenical Patriarchate said in a statement that the article was targeting members of the community and religious leaders with false assertions.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate expressed strong concern that it was seriously threatened with racist attacks and desecration.
It is worth noting that just two days ago there was an arson attack on an Armenian Church, with the perpetrator claiming that the Armenian community is to blame for the coronavirus.
In a special 176-page edition of the pro-Islamist Turkish magazine Gerçek Hayat, which belongs to the press group of the well-known pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak, leading members of religious minorities in Turkey, including the Ecumenical Patriarch as well ass well-known Turkish politicians and powerful business people, become targets.
The magazine claims that they collaborated with the Fethullah Gulen movement. The special edition entitled “FETO: Who is the chief terrorist Fethullah Gulen? The 100-year history of the most vicious terrorist organization,” which was released last week and will remain in circulation until September 2020, targets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, making unsubstantiated allegations that he was among those who helped Imam Fethullah Gulen to stage the (failed) coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. Photos of some of those targeted as Gulen’s associates, including the photo of the Ecumenical Patriarch, were released as the edition’s cover.
In addition to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community of Turkey, the former Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, Shenork I Kaloustian, and Pope John Paul II are also targeted.