Following last week’s massacre of foreign tourists in Tunisia by Muslims, mobs of angry Muslims are attacking tourists and vandalizing Chinese restaurants in Istanbul because of China’s Ramadan ban.
Express (h/t Mike F) Turkish nationalists shouting “Allahu Akbar” accidentally attacked the group of innnocent Korean tourists – after mistaking them for Chinese nationals during the demonstration.
The furious protesters were marching towards Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace to show solidarity with the Islamic Uighur community in China who have allegedly been banned from worshipping and fasting during the holy month. Riot police stepped in to rescue the tourists from the attackers, who were reportedly members of the Grey Wolves movement.
One devastated tourist caught up in the trouble was heard saying: “I’m not Chinese, I’m Korean.” A popular Chinese restaurant in Istanbul also had its windows smashed by protesters who did not realise the chef was Muslim.
Now China has warned its citizens to be careful of anti-Beijing protests, saying some Chinese tourists have recently been “attacked and disturbed”. The notice, posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on Sunday, said there had been “multiple” demonstrations in Turkey targeting the Chinese government.
Muslims have killed at least 18 people with knives and bombs in Xinjiang, China amid heightening tensions over the area’s increasingly hard-line stance against Islam, the result of escalating terrorist attacks by Uighur Muslims..
In May, shopkeepers in the region were ordered to sell alcohol and cigarettes as part of a drive to “weaken” Islam. (See links below)