Leftist billionaire philanthropist George Soros is disliked by many conservative Americans for the subversive manner in which he finances progressive organizations that seek to undermine and destroy American sovereignty in favor of a globalist agenda.
But it turns out that Soros’ globalism has earned him enemies in other parts of the world as well, particularly in Turkey, which recently announced an investigation into Soros’ Open Societies Foundation (OSF). That has prompted the Soros organization to begin the process to uproot itself and pull out of the increasingly Islamist nation.
The U.K. Guardian reported Monday that the Open Societies Foundation announced that it would soon cease operations in Turkey, an announcement that came just days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had accused Soros of attempting to divide and destroy his nation.
Earlier this year, the OSF announced it would leave Hungary under pressure from Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban.
Links to anti-government protests
It has also been recently announced that the Turkish Interior Ministry had opened an investigation into alleged links between the Soros organization and anti-government protests that rocked Istanbul in an area known as Gezi Park in 2013.
Nearly two weeks ago, Turkish authorities arrested and detained more than a dozen individuals accused of being linked to those protests. One of those detained was a man named Hakan Altinay, who was the founder of the Soros operation in Turkey.
Altinay, along with the others who were detained, has been accused of providing support to an imprisoned civil rights activist named Osman Kavala, who in turn was accused of leading the failed effort in 2013 to overthrow the government via mass protests.
Erdogan levels accusations
President Erdogan briefly touched on those alleged links to Soros in a recent speech to a gathering of local administrators. “The person [Kavala] who financed terrorists during the Gezi incidents is already in prison,” said Erdogan, according to a Reuters report.
“And who is behind him? The famous Hungarian Jew, Soros. This is a man who assigns people to divide nations and shatter them. He has so much money and he spends it this way,” Erdogan added.
For its part, the OSF has denied any involvement in the 2013 protests and dismissed the investigation into their activities as “not new” and “outside reality.”
They nevertheless admitted that the claims against them have made it nearly impossible to continue working and announced that they intended to apply for a legal liquidation of their assets and operations in Turkey as soon as possible.
Soros has become infamous for using his vast wealth to drive subversive wedges amid the populations of various countries to advance a progressive globalist agenda, and while there may be a touch of anti-Semitism couched in Erdogan’s resistance to Soros’ efforts, other Soros critics simply don’t agree with his brand of politics.