Turkish mosque vandalised with PKK graffiti in London

Credit: Mustafa Yeneroğlu/@myeneroglu (Twitter).


A Turkish mosque in the Hornsey area of London was vandalised with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) graffiti last night.

Stones were said to have broken windows along one of the mosque’s front walls, according to the Daily Sabah. Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) run the mosque.

The UK has listed the PKK as a proscribed terrorist organisation since March 2001.

On November 8, the English-language Turkish magazine, T-Vine, wrote: “Shocked to see on Twitter  that the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – Turkish Cultural Centre London has been attacked & vandalised. Our thoughts are with the staff there. Hope the police catch the culprits quickly :-((“.

On Twitter, Enes Bayraki claimed the vandalism was carried out by PKK supporters.

A tweet directed at Bayraki read: “Next time we will do much worse, we are coming after all turkish interests in the world, no turk is safe.”

Richard Moore, British Ambassador to Turkey, condemned the vandalism on Twitter.

A video appeared on Twitter claiming to show similar vandalism at the Aziziye mosque in Stoke Newington. This, however, has not been independently verified.

We urge anyone who witnessed the vandalism to contact our confidential helpline on 0800 456 1226.



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