Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted with fury one day after Vienna announced that it would crack down on ‘political Islam’ by expelling Ankara-funded imams and shutting down seven mosques.

Insisting that he would “have to do something” after Vienna announced the mosque closures and possible deportations, the increasingly autocratic Turkish leader complained of an Austrian anti-Islamic bias, going so far as to threaten a religious war.

“These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” Erdogan declared in Istanbul, cited by France24.com.

Austria’s Herbert Kickl, the Interior Minister of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) — a junior partner in the Vienna coalition government — noted that those imams being booted from the country were alleged to have links with the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB), itself an offshoot of Diyanet, Ankara’s religious agency.

Kickl observed that Vienna has reason to believe that ATIB — through its Ankaran bosses at Diyanet — is acting illegally by accepting foreign funding, cited by France24.

While a spokesperson for Erdogan described the Austrian move as “a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country,” many lawmakers in Vienna showed support.

Although some noted that the move could be used as a propaganda tool by Erdogan — who is facing a June 24 election — opposition parties in Vienna celebrated Friday’s announcement, including center-left Social Democrats, who termed the potential expulsion of the imams and their families to be “the first sensible thing this government’s done.”

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Erdogan responded angrily on Saturday, stating, “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,” he added.

The Turkish president, who faced a 2016 coup that many have suggested was faked by Ankara to bolster Erdogan’s power base, did not go into detail as to what measures he would take.

Some 360,000 Austrian of Turkish descent reside in the central European nation, including an estimated 117,000 Turkish nationals.

Source: Sputnik

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Ivan
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Look at the islamo-nazi Erdogolum going mad. Austria should have done this a long time ago! All other countries too! About time to defend yourselves from the goat-f****r colonization! And not just from Turkish jihadists, but defend yourselves from all the various Qatari, Saudi or Bahreinis or what ever other country wants to push “Islam” into the outer world too!

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Karel Vd Geest

One can only hope that the netherlands will also close all foreign operated mosques in the Netherlands, starting with those paid for by Gulf states and Turkey and will expell all their imans and other salafists etc groups.

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Stern Daler

Erdolf always was as crazy as the Fuehrer. So he cannot go mad.

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yes, we are antiislamic.
we did not invite them
we do not want them
we do not need them
they destroy our land and our culture
100 years ago Turkey killed 20% of the population on its territory: all non-islam population, all nonturks, let us clean our territory now.

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Karel Vd Geest

Can we wait untill after the holidays?

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Stern Daler

Yes, let us wait until the end of Ramadan.

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Stern Daler

Talking of war. Erdogan has forgotten that the Turkish Muslim onslaught was stopped at the gates of Vienna before – when the Ottoman Empire was at the peek of its military and financial power. Turkey already persecutes Christians and in the past has murdered millions in several waves of genocides. What more can he do but issue hot air.

p.s. Threatening the mostly Christian EU with Jihad will not help Erdogan in his quest to join the block which is the economic power house of the world. He has shown his true face again.

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Stern Daler

All EU countries should close foreign sponsored Mosques that are acting as an anti democratic third column of autocrats and sent their foreign trained Imams home. This would sent a message to the Bani Saud and Bani Thani also and not single the Turk paid ones out.

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>All EU countries should close foreign sponsored Mosques

Not only EU countries but ALL countries, including India, Malaysia and Indnesia – where Saudi sponsored Wahabist Islam is promoting religious bigotry amongst once-moderate local people.

>sent their foreign trained Imams home.

A growing problem in countries with a Muslim majority .