Newly emerged video shows the moment Metin Balkanlıoğlu, an important figure within İsmailaga community, one of Turkey’s most prominent religious communities, called on Turkish security forces to carry out mass execution against those engaging in “terrorist activities” against the Turkish state.
Preaching a sermon during a Friday prayer, Balkanlıoğlu says he does not one to see any wounded, and calls on Turkish army, police force and special operation teams to clear “mountains, cities and valleys” from the “terrorists.”
“Do not leave anyone wounded!
Once you become a terrorist,
I’ll give you hell.
I’m calling on special operations teams:
Do not take the wounded.
I am calling on the security forces:
Do not leave anyone wounded.
We can nurse snakes.
We can nurse scorpions.
We could even nurse a monster.
But we will not nurse these cursed [people].
We do not want anyone in prison.
Do not let them live in the mountains
Or in the cities
Or in the valleys,
For God’s sake,” Balkanlıoğlu said during the sermon.
İsmailaga community is based at the Ismail Aga Mosque in Istanbul and affiliated with the Naksibendi cult and is led by Mahmut Ustaosmanoglu. Its members dress radically, usually wearing cloaks and displaying long facial hair.