An administrative investigation was launched against the Turkish-language teacher of a minor student who mentioned ‘interfaith dialogue’ during her speech as part of Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on Apr 23.
A group of students, mostly primary school pupils, gathered for a symbolic cabinet meeting to mark Children’s Day at the Prime Ministry, on Sunday.
“The Initiative’s [The Alliance of Civilizations (AoC)] visibility has steadily increased and it has become a prominent project within the context of dialogue among cultures and religions today,” one of the students replied to a question from the media.
Launched in 2005 by the then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Spanish counterpart. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, AoC promised to seek an international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation.
However, since the term “interfaith dialogue” is a theme often endorsed by Gülen movement’s now-moribund cultural activities in and outside Turkey, many pro-government social media users claimed that the movement members had infiltrated into the Apr 23 celebration team.
The movement has been suffering a government witch hunt over the past 4 years as scores of people with alleged or real ties to the movement are being imprisoned on a daily basis.
The government also accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt as well.
In the face of an uproar from pro-government circles on social media, the Education Ministry has launched an investigation against the teacher in question.
The teacher said the term and the student’s speech were excerpted from the AoC’s official website.