'Ted Cruz's foreign policy advisor, Victoria Coates, told PJ Media the seizure fits into a pattern in the Middle East, where Christians are systematically displaced and persecuted. Although Erdoğan for a long time got away with his authoritarian and Islamist tendencies, times are a-changing. Coates said American Republicans aren't happy with Erdoğan's self-declared "New Turkey." She noted that Turkey's seizure of the churches in Diyarbakir fits into a wider pattern in the Middle East. "What's happening in southern Turkey is all too typical in the Middle East today, as ancient Christian communities are displaced and persecuted by sectarian violence," she said.'
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