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    What backward people those protesters are. Good move by the government, insha'Allah the bill is passed.

    Turkey police break up education bill protest

    Demonstrators in Ankara protested a bill proposed by government that seeks to boost the influence of Islamic schools.

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    Similar demonstrations held elsewhere on Wednesday were also broken up by police [AFP]

    Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of people protesting an education reform bill that opponents say will boost the influence of Islamic schools, a move seen as contrary to Turkey's secular constitution.

    Police broke up the demonstration in Ankara on Thursday, ending a two-day standoff with protesters who wanted to march toward Parliament where the bill is being debated.

    The government wants to overturn a 1997 law that kept students under 15 years old from attending religious "imam
    hatip" schools. That law led to a sharp decline in attendance at the schools.

    A Reuters witness said protesters threw stones at riot police on Thursday as they moved in to break up the demonstration after refusing the group's request to march on parliament. There were further clashes in side streets.

    Similar demonstrations held elsewhere in Turkey on Wednesday were also broken up by police.

    Several demonstrators were hurt in the clashes on Thursday, but t here were no reports of detentions or major casualties among protesters at the rally organised by the KESK public workers union confederation.

    Parliament is hotly debating a bill overturning the 1997 law, that was imposed with the backing of the military.

    Parliamentarians on Thursday accepted a proposal from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party to offer optional courses on the Quran and the Prophet Mohammad's life for middle and upper school pupils - from about 10 to 18 years old.

    The assembly was expected to approve the bill in the coming days and the AK Party is able to call on a large parliamentary majority to push the law through.

    The 1997 law had led to a sharp decrease in the numbers at iman hatip schools which were originally set up to train Muslim clerics. Erdogan and half his cabinet attended such schools.

    The main secular opposition People's Republican Party (CHP) agrees on the need for education reform, but says Erdogan is seeking revenge for the 1997 law and attempting to bring about his stated desire to raise a "religious youth".

    While the AK Party has won three elections since 2002 and remains popular, there is a large minority of urbanised Turks who are wary of its roots in political Islam and suspect it has plans to overturn, piece-by-piece, the secular republic.

    Source: Al Jazeera
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    A lot of anti-Islam terrorists in Turkey. The government should crack down hard on them.
    Singapore: oppresses Muslims, bans athaan, bans hijab in schools, prevents building of madrassahs or muslim schools, puts limit on the percentage of Muslims allowed in each apartment building, and bans Muslims from joining Singapore's elite military forces. Singapore; Israel's best buddy!
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    why are people so scared of islam...
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    Alhamdulillah ... May Allah (swt) allow the government to do more to pursue the interests of the Muslims in Turkey and globally, Ameen.

    Turkey passes controversial school reform bill

    Turkish lawmakers have passed a hotly contested bill that allows parents to send their children to Islamic schools at an earlier age, a reform that provoked brawls among parliamentarians and mass protests by secular Turks and teachers.

    The education reform bill extends compulsory education from eight to 12 years, but also allows children as young as 10 to attend religious “imam hatip” schools originally set up to train Islamic clerics, the BBC reports.

    The bill overturned a law forced through parliament by the Turkish military in 1997, which stopped children under the age of 15 attending the schools. Some 295 of 550 lawmakers voted for the reform on Friday, with 91 opposing it.

    Erdogan, himself a graduate of an Islamic school, horrified Turkey’s secular opposition when he spoke earlier this year of plans to raise a “religious youth,” and critics have accused him of promoting religious conservatism by stealth.

    Brawls erupted in parliament earlier this month after the governing AK Party forced the bill through the committee stage without any real public debate, and police had to employ water cannon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters on Thursday in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara, Al Jazeera reports.

    The government has defended its overhaul of the education system, arguing that it reverses undemocratic measures imposed by the military, according to the Associated Press. In a speech to parliament after the vote, Education Minister Omer Dincer said:

    “This law will go down in history as an important step towards the reconciliation of the state with its people.”

    Education has long been a key battleground between Turkey’s religious conservatives and secularists, Reuters reports. Upon founding the Turkish republic in 1923, the modernizing Mustafa Kemal Ataturk immediately closed the country’s religious schools, believing religion would hold the fledgling state back.
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    Go ahead - laugh. Don't hold back


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    Members of parliament from the ruling AK Party (AKP) and Republican People's Party (CHP) scuffle during a debate at the parliament in Ankara, March 30, 2012. The Turkish parliament is hotly debating a bill overturning a 1997 law, imposed with the backing of the military, which extended compulsory education to eight from five years and stopped children under 15 from attending religious "imam hatip" schools.
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    Here's one more for good measure - although it's a different fight.

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    Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Idris Sami Tandogdu (R) and an unidentified CHP MP (rear R) hit Turkey's ruling Ak Party MP Alim Tunc (2nd L) as others try to stop the fight during a debate in the Turkish parliament in Ankara May 28, 2007. The Turkish parliament convened to debate the constitutional amendment package regarding general and presidential elections.
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