President Erdogan has taken control of churches in the South Eastern city of Diyarbakir in a move to kill freedom of religion, in the country with a 98% majority Muslim population.
The government seizures are just the latest in a number of worrying dictatorship and suppressive developments to come out of the brutal regime of Turkey, which is set to gain Visa Free Travel for 77 Million of its countries citizens in June of this year.
Turkey was also recently in the news for shutting down independent media stations in the country, again claiming them as now state owned.
Included in the more recent seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one which is well over 1,700 years old.
The seizures have outraged worshippers at the churches, who fear a government coup against their religion are now threatening to take legal action against the decision.
Ahmet Guvener, pastor of Diyarbakir Protestant Church, said: “The government didn’t take over these pieces of property in order to protect them. They did so to acquire them.”
All mosques in Turkey are classed as state property, and remain open by government funding, where as churches in the country rely on donations, and with a very small percentage of Christians in the country, the future of the religion in Turkey remains uncertain.