Turkish nationalists protest installation of Rabia sign statue in Düzce

Members of the Turkish nationalist movement, the Grey Wolves (Ülkü Ocakları), on Wednesday night held a protest in the northwestern Turkish province of Düzce in protest of the erection of a Rabia sign statue in the city by the  Düzce Municipality.

“We are against the presentation of the Rabia sign, a sign belonging to Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as nationalist symbol. If mayor of Düzce wants to put a national symbol here, it should be either a grey wolf or double-headed eagle,” said Fatih Gülaçtı, provincial head of Ülkü Ocakları, in a press statement after covering the Rabia sign statue with a flag of Ülkü Ocakları.

“Rabia is not our symbol. This weird structure, which was erected for political show, must be removed as soon as possible,” added Gülaçtı.

The leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been using gesture of Rabia for a long time which was first created by former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who took over the rule of the country with a military intervention in Egypt in 2013, during his speeches where he declares his motto: One Nation, One Flag, One Homeland and One State. (turkishminute.com) June 22, 2014

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