Turkey: Janissary chases Santa Claus out of town in symbolical anti-New Year’s Eve celebration act

Amid increasing anger at official and popular levels at the supposed Christian aspects of New Year’s celebrations in Turkey, members of the far-right Great Unity Party (BBP) symbolically ran Santa out of town Dec. 31 in the northwestern province of Bolu.

In a skit performed on the city’s central İzzet Baysal Avenue, Santa began distributing gifts to passersby, prompting the “sultan” – who happened to chance upon the scene – to ask his vizier what was occurring. After being informed, the sultan shouted, “Throw him out of the city,” precipitating a chase as Santa attempted to elude pursuing Janissaries.

“Citizens are celebrating because they’re entering a new year,” said BBP Bolu Chair Mahmut Alan. “We’re against the celebration of [new year]. We wanted to express this with a play.”

They will fit into the dhimmified European Union handily!

  • Oh yea, we should start importing Turks ourselves.

  • Hard Little Machine

    That thing on his head looks like a giant McD’s frenchfry holster.

  • sonomaca

    Bolu is attempting to become a major Euro ski destination. Not really a great way to attract non-Muslims from Europe, Russia, etc. Doubt many Israelis would go either. Turkey has really done a number on Israeli tourism, which is very substantial.

  • Dana Garcia

    So I guess it is cool for us to chase Muslims out of town for the New Year.

    • Frau Katze

      Only Muslims may do this, coz they’re “victims.”

      • MRHapla

        Self-inflicted victim, a Muslim “First”

    • Pete_Brewster

      Next year, God willing.

  • ntt1

    I thought janissaries were warrior slaves that had been de-nutted, to juxtapose, Why is it offensive for santa to have a helper who is a person of colour (swartz Pete)when he is in Holland, but it is OK to have him chased by eunuchs in Turkey?

    • Muslims have never bought into PC bullshit in their own lands they only use it to advance Islam in gullible western countries.

    • Minicapt

      Janissaries were Christian children ‘imported’ by the Ottomans from the Balkans, ‘converted’ to Mohammedanism and trained as warriors.
      The Mamelukes were warrior slaves imported from the Caucasus as Christians and then converted. They eventually formed a warrior caste in Egypt for a couple of centuries.


  • ontario john

    They just get upset when they are reminded every year that they are not in the 12th century anymore.

  • Freedom

    It is about time to take back Constantinople

    • MRHapla

      400 years of oppression is enough.

  • HeidiHoNeighbor

    He was the Bishop of Antioch, so this makes sense, sort of. They never did that of course. They just slaughtered all the Christians.

  • De Doc

    The irony is that St. Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa, was a Christian bishop from what is now Demre, Turkey. And the idiots who put on this play are happy with the screwed-up Islamic lunar calendar that has no way to accurately account for a year based on the Seasons. But what else to expect from retrograde and reactionary morons?

  • lin

    There is no joy in Islam. That’s because at it’s root is Satan…… Mohammed was a false prophet. Islam should be banned as a religion, because it’s not. It’s a political system to overcome others.