Christian Celebration in Turkish-Cyprus Temporarily Prohibited
Date of incident: September 5, 2017
Category: Government Restrictions
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Governmental / Islamist
The Cypriot Orthodox Metropolis of Morphou was banned from holding its annual patron saint feast service. The ban was passed at the last minute and the official justification was that it was not possible to guarantee the safety of the Christian celebration because of the simultaneous Muslim festival of Kurban Bairam.
According to reports, the ban was ordered by President Erdogan.