Erdogan order forces closure of Turkey's State Theatre
Ankara, July 17 (IBNS): After consolidating power following the recently concluded elections, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of State Theatre via a decree.
The decree, released last week, ended official sponsorship of stage actors and art.
It also ordered the confiscation of properties belonging to the State Opera and Ballet General Directorate, both of which have been dismissed. The confiscated properties are to be transferred to Erdogan's office.
Turkey, which prided itself of being secular, has witnessed a surge in Islamic sentiment under Erdogan's rule.
All the dismantled institutions contributed immensely towards the growth of Turkey's art sphere and drove the country's secularization.
However, of late, the secular outlook of these institutions had been a constant thorn in Turkey's pro-Islam government, thus, forcing the former's closure.
The decree said, any future play which will be put up by the State Theatre, will be decided by a committee under the direct authority of Erdogan's office.
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