Turkey’s Erdogan says Women’s Day protestors disrespectful to Islam

Several thousand women on the march on International Women’s Day were met with police tear gas who tried to disperse them


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused women who participated in an International Women’s Day march on Friday of being disrespectful to Islam, labeling them enemies of the Islamic call to prayer and the Turkish flag, independent news site Diken reported.

Several thousand women who convened in Constantinople on Friday to march on International Women’s Day were met with tear gas fired by the police who tried to disperse the crowd.

Showing video footage taken during the protest which captured women chanting slogans while a nearby mosque was reciting the call to prayer, the Turkish president said, “They disrespected the Azan (call to prayer) by slogans, booing and whistling,” during a rally in the central province of Adana ahead of the elections on March 31.

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