Christian clerics in Turkey have expressed their anxiety regarding the growing threats they face in wake of an attack against Pastor Semih Serkek of the Protestant "Lütuf ("Grace) Church in Istanbuls Bahçelievler district on April 7.
"Attacks against Christian clerics drop off for a while, then they begin to re-energize. [Such attacks] have begun to accelerate again in recent days. We hesitate when opening our doors and welcoming the faithful inside, Pastor Krikor Agabaloglu of the Gedikpaºa Armenian Protestant Church in Istanbul told the Hürriyet Daily News.
Attack on Easter
Three unidentified individuals attacked and beat Serkek on the night of April 7, immediately after an Easter service. "They were three people around the age of 18. (...)