Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's decision to sign a decree which converts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, a World Heritage Monument, into a mosque has provoked negative reactions.
In a statement issued today, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) condemns the decision, stating that the conflict is not between Christianity and Islam, but between reactionalism and secularism. TKP also calls the world's communists to denounce Erdogan's decision and the bourgeois reactionary mindset behind it, which obscures the future of Turkey’s working class.
The TKP statement reads:
Communist Party of Turkey,
KKE: The decision on Hagia Sophia reflects the escalation of Turkish aggression which is supported by the imperialists
In a statement issued on Friday, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) pointed out:
"The decision to convert Hagia Sophia, a World Heritage Monument, into a mosque was orchestrated by the Erdogan government and consists another element in the escalation of Turkish aggression.
From this point of view, this act is not only a straightforward derogation of Hagia Sophia’s character […] but it is also a link in the overall strategy of the Turkish bourgeois class, which is supported by the stance and the plans of the USA, NATO, EU in the region."
Commenting on the issue today, the General Secretary of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas pointed out:
“The unacceptable and provocative decision of Erdogan’s government to convert Hagia Sophia, a World Heritage Monument, into a mosque, proves that Turkey’s aggression escalates step by step. At the same time, it sharpens the religious and nationalist competitions, which are utilized by the powerful ones for the division of the peoples.
Nonetheless, similarly provocative are the corny reactions both of the USA as well as of the EU, exposing the (Greek) government and all the pro- US-NATO parties which have proclaimed these alliances into defenders of international law, while they are the same ones which tolerate – if not encourage – the aggression of Turkey”.