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Turkey: hate speech rises

The criminal case against Pastor Andrew Brunson has triggered a significant increase in public hate speech against the nation’s small Protestant community, creating what its church leaders called, in late February, a ‘climate of insecurity’ for its congregations and individual members.

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The sign says: ’Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’ – Jesus Christ.

According to the Turkish Association of Protestant Churches’ annual human-rights report for 2018, the number of attacks designed to incite hatred of Protestants ‘purely due to their beliefs’ in Turkey’s local, national and social media outlets had seriously increased during Brunson’s arrest, jailing and two-year trial.