Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Seven years since Santoro murder, attacks on non-Muslims unabated
As Turkey marks on Feb. 5 the seventh anniversary of the death of Andrea Santoro, an Italian Catholic priest who was shot dead in 2006 by a 16-year-old ultranationalist in his church in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, Turkey's non-Muslims continue to be targeted by what are thought to be organized groups seeking to create chaos in the society.
The latest examples of a series of attacks targeting non-Muslim groups in Turkey are the attacks on elderly Armenians in İstanbul's Samatya neighborhood, the threats directed at a Protestant church in İzmir and the stoning of a Greek Orthodox church in İstanbul. Commentators suggest organized groups may be behind these attacks.