Turkish Religious Group Demands Removal of Greek Philosopher Statue

A religious conservative foundation staged a protest in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Sinop on Tuesday, demanding to remove a statue of ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, Turkish news daily Hurriyet reported.

The Erbakan Foundation said it was protesting the fact that the Greek ideology is being attached to the province rather than arts.

Sinop is the homeland of Diogenes, who was born there in 5th century B.C. and famous as one of the founders of Cynic philosophy in ancient Greece period.

After being captured by pirates and sold into slavery, Diogenes eventually settled in Corinth, Greece, where he died in 323 BC.

Diogenes is known as one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. He was also noted for having publicly mocked Alexander the Great.

“We want the Diogenes statue to be taken from the entrance of Sinop and moved to Balatlar (a local Byzantine church). We will struggle to the end, whether a petition or a permanent press statement here is required,” said Ismail Tezic, the foundation’s Sinop provincial representative.