A mosque, funded by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, in Schweinfurt city in Germany’s Bavaria region banned entry for the followers of Gülen movement, inspired by the views of US-based Turkish scholar Fethulla Gülen who Turkish government accuses him of masterminding the failed coup in July.
According to decision made by the executive committee of Schweinfurt Central Mosque on Dec. 17, members of FETO, a derogatory term and acronym for the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government to refer to the Gülen movement, will not be permitted to enter to the mosque premises and those determined FETO members will be cancelled membership to the mosque.
“Entry banned for traitor and enemy of religion FETO members, supporters to Schweinfurt Central Mosque. The membership of those who are determined to be the members of FETO terror organization will be cancelled,” a leaflet hung on the gate of the mosque stated.
The mosque is funded by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), one of the largestIslamic organisations in Germany, founded in 1984 as a branch of Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs.
According to a recent report by Hürriyet Daily News on Dec. 8, Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has gathered intelligence from imams in 38 countries on the activities of suspected followers of the Gülen movement.