Tuesday, October 25, 2005

20 fined for using letters W and Q

20 fined for using letters W and Q

A Turkish court has fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said. The court in the southeastern city of Siirt fined each of the 20 people 100 new lira ($75.53) for holding up the placards, written in Kurdish, at the event last year. The letters Q and W do not exist in the Turkish alphabet. The 1928 Law on the Adoption and Application of Turkish Letters changed the Turkish alphabet from the Arabic script to a modified Latin script and required all signs, advertising, newspapers and official documents to only use Turkish letters. More than 30,000 people have been killed, most of them Kurds, since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels began an armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.


At October 25, 2005 8:09 PM, Blogger Jauhara said...

Europe is so doomed.

At October 26, 2005 12:13 AM, Blogger brazilian said...

I guess that nobody thought ever that a european alphabet could be so useful.

The fact that Turkey, a country 99 percent moslem, is "european" because it uses our alphabet to transcribe its ugly mongolian dialect is already quite funny. But to use it to beat the head of other moslem tribes is even more funny

At October 26, 2005 7:30 AM, Blogger ik said...

There was a Muslim King in India called Muhammad bin Tughluq who did lots of WACKY things - to this day in parts of South India - muslims are referred to as Tughlaks. People discuss "something proposed by a muslim" and then nod and wink and say "tughlaks" and move on.

1. This guy came up with these ideas
he also undertook bizarre unachievable campaigns like trying to reverse Alexander’s march into India and capturing Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan (what used to be called Khorasan). After spending vast sums of money the project was abandoned before it even got started.
2. Another folly, an expedition into China got bogged down in Kulu with resistance from Hindus. Only ten out of a staggering force of sixty thousand horsemen returned to Delhi following this fiasco.
3. One fine day he got a "islamic swing" and ordered his capital moved to Daulatabad in the South, fourteen hundred kilometers from Delhi! People were evicted from their homes in Delhi and if they refused to go they were immediately put to death. Cripples were tied to the catapult and slung towards Daulatabad. A blind man was tied to a horse and dragged all the way and only one of his legs reached the final destination in Daulatabad. A huge number of citizens died on the way and then he abandoned this idea
4. He suddenyl replaced Gold and Silver coins with Copper coins - It was easy to forge and the currency collapsed.



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