As the May 14 elections approach, the preparation of political parties is accelerating. In recent days, alliances, political divisions, debates and fights have been on the agenda. However, the most curious question in the upcoming elections is which of the candidates will be elected as the 13th president of Turkey. However, the May 14 elections will determine not only the new president. Hundreds of names from dozens of political parties will compete for a seat in parliament. In this direction, some well-known public names will also take part in the upcoming elections to become members of parliament. Fuat Yildirim is one of those names. During the 2013 Gezi Park protests, Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that “they drank beer in the mosque” against the protesters, “I’m a clergyman, I can’t lie, I didn’t see anyone drinking” Muezzin Fuat Yildirim, who refuted in his own words, became a candidate for deputy from the Republican People’s Party. Let’s look at the details together…

In 2013, as the Gezi Park protests continued, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the protesters were drinking at the Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque.

Erdoğan claimed that citizens who faced police intervention during the Gezi Park protests and took refuge in the Bezmialem Valide Mosque entered the mosque wearing shoes and even had a drink inside.

Fuat Yildirim, the Muezzin of the mosque, denied Erdogan’s statement that “they drank in the mosque.”


Lightening”,I’m a religious figure, I can’t lie, I haven’t seen drunkenness.” He stated that Erdogan’s allegations are not true.

After Fuat Yildirim’s statement, Erdogan also said that the muezzin was being “threatened”.


The prime minister at the time stated that Fuat Yıldırım was threatened at a group meeting of his party on June 11, 2013, and also repeated the allegation that Gezi Park protesters had been drinking in the mosque.

Erdogan in his speech “AatYou will enter Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque in your shoes and have a drink there. You will show disrespect for the religious shrines of this country. For what? For the environment. You will threaten the muezzin of the mosque, then you will make him speak differently; “There was nothing like that” … What happened, we have all the frames. On Friday, we will give them to our friends along with the images.” used words.

After the events, the place of service of Muezzin Fuat Yildirim was changed.


Yıldırım was assigned by the Department of Religious Affairs to Kayabashi Basaksehir village in Istanbul. This appointment decision prompted comments that Yıldırım had been exiled. However, Yıldırım, who objected to the Religious Affairs presidential appointment and filed a lawsuit, began working as a muezzin at the Arap Mosque in Karakoy.

Fuat Yildirim became a candidate for deputy from the Republican People’s Party in the May 14 elections.


It became known that the chairman of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, visited Yıldırım during a kidney disease and was closely interested in his health.

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