Turkish PM: Islamophobia deserves rally of its own

Hundreds of thousands of people poured in to the streets of Paris for the memorial march

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday hailed the unprecedented rally against terror in Paris as a strong message to the world, adding he would expect a similar reaction to attacks on Muslims and Islamophobia.

Davutoglu joined dozens of other world leaders at the march in Paris to mourn the victims of the three days of terror by Islamists that began with the slaughter of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The presence of Davutoglu, one of the top Muslim leaders to attend the rally, was seen in Turkey as hugely symbolic given that Charlie Hebdo had often lampooned the Prophet Muhammad.

“It is a message to the whole world that everyone must confront the threat of terror,” Davutoglu told reporters at the Turkish embassy in Paris in televised comments.

“We would expect the same sensitivities to be shown to attacks on mosque or Islamophobia,” he added after attending the rally which mobilized over a million people in Paris alone.

He praised a comment by French President Francois Hollande that “these fanatics (who carried out the attacks) have nothing to do with Muslim religion” as being of the “utmost importance”.

He would not have attended without Hollande’s weasel words.

h/t Marvin

  • The Goat

    Goats have every reason to be Islamophobic in Turkey.

    • Frau Katze

      Goats don’t get the recognition they deserve.

  • Jay Currie

    Good idea…a pro-Islamophobia rally is just what is needed after the kumbayaism we saw on Sunday.

  • Exile1981

    The best way to fight islamophobia would be to remove the muslims from europe. It would have the added bonus of also stopping terror attacks, FGM, no-go zones and honor killings in Europe plus likely would reduce the rape, murder, sexual assault and robbery rates by 70+%.

  • Alain

    Just more useless blather since actions speak louder than words, written or spoken. One witnesses those actions daily across the globe always carried out by the followers of the same ideology called Islam.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If only to create a target rich environment.

  • Just a thought

    When Islam is destroyed, we’ll take a page from the paleostinian book, and celebrate while passing out sweets.

  • roccolore

    Let me guess. The rally is full of asslifting, Jew-hating, and jihad support.

  • cmh

    it is so distressing and heartbreaking to see the many media reports about retaliation attacks against muslims and their mosks….. LOL.

  • pdxnag

    Why yes, the shooters need to be celebrated for ridding the world of the terror of a few cartoonists. That was the whole point of the label “Unity.”

  • Minicapt

    We are to presume that “Charlie Hebdo” was not a Turkish delight?