Looks like military students in Turkey will not be able to find out what happens next with Tyrion Lannister he killed his father and ex-lover. Superiors banned screenings of the popular TV series Game of Thrones.
In a move that further underlined the growing trend toward Islamization in the country, the Turkish Armed Forces have been instructed to keep its officers away from anything involving “sexual exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, abuse, harassment and all negative behavior” – as part of its new “protection of students” regulations.
And as we all know too well, Game of Thrones features all of the above – usually excessively – so the show is banned.
In fact, Cumhuriyet reports that four students have already been kicked out for watching the series in 2012, even though the rule has just been made official.
Moreover, the TAF is now offering new elective classes in “basic religious education, the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad” at their institutions – a surprising move since Turkish troops are generally instructed to avoid being seen with symbols of extreme Islamic piety, such as carrying rosaries or wearing skullcaps.
Though Turkey is 99 percent Muslim, the NATO member state and European Union candidate has a secular constitution. However, it recently started off showing signs of an increasingly Islamized nation under its former prime minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
His dictator-style rule and Islamist policies (including restrictions on alcohol and strict Internet censorship) have prompted furious backlash and even brought thousands of Turks to the streets last year, leading to mass protests.
However, the violent demonstrations – which, according to some analysts, were the most challenging events for Erdogan’s 10-year term and the most significant nationwide unrest in decades – didn’t have any significant effect on the embattled PM’s governance, which is conversely getting stricter by the day.
Case in point: Erdoganmade history when he won the first direct election of a president (which was before elected by MPs in the Turkish parliament) in a ballot held earlier in August, receiving 52 percent of the votes.
Before that, his Justice and Development Party won handsomely in March's regional elections, another indicator of Erdogan’s undimmed popularity despite massive opposition.