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Turkey’s Christians Decry Crackdown on Religious Freedom

Breitbart.com reports: “A number of Christian pastors have warned of growing repression of Christianity under the rule of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Deutsche Welle reported Saturday.

The president of the Istanbul Protestant Church Foundation (IPKV), Timur Topuz, said that Christian pastors in Turkey are facing growing hostility, especially since the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who had been detained in Turkey for nearly two years on charges of involvement in the failed July 2016 coup against President Erdoğan.

Pastor Brunson was finally released in October 2018, but only after the Trump administration put enormous pressure on the Turkish government, including the imposition of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports.

‘Since the Brunson incident, all Protestant pastors are treated with suspicion,’ Mr. Topuz observed…”

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