Turkish Christians threatened by radical group in Malatya
The Turkish Protestant foundation of Kurtulus Churches faced threats of murder from a young man claiming to be directed by an ultra-nationalist group JITEM, a precursor to the Grey Wolves.
Vedat Serin, a member of the church, was approached by a man identified as Tolgahan A., who threatened her several times over the past few months. Serin submitted a criminal complaint on September 5, and the church has since received the promise of protective measures from the Governor’s Office.
On August 25, Tolgahan A. approached Serin inside the church, claiming to find a Bible outside and considering it a sign. Once they began talking, Tolgahan revealed that he was a leader of a far-right group associated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). According to him, members of the Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-terror Unit (JITEM) approached him with the addresses and photos of Serin and other church members.
The man was detained and sent to court for arrest but was released under supervision. The church is now receiving protective measures to prevent a second massacre of Christians in Turkey. The ultra-nationalist groups like the Grey Wolves, are adamantly against the spread of Christianity and told Tolgahan that the missionaries and churches were not good for the country.