Turkish President Erdogan Seizes Six Christian Churches, Making Them State Property. The ostensible reason:
After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey’s war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region’s largest city, Diyarbakir.
99% of Turks are Muslim, while Erdoğan is authoritarian and an Islamist. Perhaps the real reason:
[A] police official is accused of making a Turkish nationalist salute in the St. Giragos church after the seizure, and even saying: “Sultan Alp Arslan’s grandchildren will bring the unbelievers of churches to the faith.”
The intention of that comment is obvious: the official sees the seizure as a means to force Christians to convert to Islam.