Hackers hijack minarets and play song
The call to prayer is usually heard from the minarets of the mosques. Not so in the Turkish city of Izmir – hackers exchange the prepared recordings and instead play a meaningful song.
Therefore, After the resistance song “Bella Ciao” was heard from several mosque loudspeakers in the city of Izmir, the authorities in Turkey have launched an investigation. The anti-fascist partisan song from Italy was heard in Izmir on Wednesday afternoon – instead of the call to prayer. Recordings of the hacker activity quickly spread on social media.
Bella Ciao blaring from mosques in Izmir. Is this the moment when the workers of the world unite? Turkey’s Office of Religious Affairs currently is investigating who is behind this… pic.twitter.com/2EJVKfMV5n
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So, Turkish religious affairs agency, Diyanet, confirmed the incident on Wednesday night via Twitter. A complaint to the police has already been filed. The Izmir public prosecutor’s office launched an investigation into the unknown hackers and social network users who shared the action. According to the state news agency Anadolu, they are accused of “slandering religious values”.
Ömer Celik, spokesman for the ruling AKP party of the Islamic conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the incident. The authors of this “hideous act” would be found, he assured. Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey, is considered secular and a stronghold of the opposition party CHP.