Iraqi Turkmen in Belgium were present at the Faymonville 2014 carnival

March 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Why the inhabitants of the Belgian village of FAYMONVILLE  are called ‘Turks’.

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Iraqi Turkmens were present at the Faymonville carnival in 2014
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In the 16th and 17th century, the principality of Stavelot-Malmedy was often requested to contribute by its prince-priests to the needs of Christendom in the struggle against the Turkish invasion of the Holy Empire. The fund raisings were frequent in the churches belonging to the princedom (among which ‘Waimes’).  Faymonville, falling under the jurisdiction of the Duchy of Luxembourg, and not under that of the priest-princedom, evaded these taxes. This is the reason why the inhabitants of Faymonville who were accused of making a pact with the Muslims were called ‘Turks’.
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Far from being offended, the inhabitants of Faymonville have accepted this name which makes part of their folklore. This is the reason why the crescent is represented on their flag and why their music band parades in Turkish costumes in all the carnivals in which it participates. The football club of Faymonville is called ‘RFC TURKANIA’,  the young people’s group is called “Les Jeunes Turcs Réunis” and the village hotel is called “Le Vieux Sultan”.
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Iraqi Turkmens were present at the Faymonville carnival in 2014
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Crescent and Star on the coat of arms of the Belgian village of Faymonville
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Iraqi Turkmens were present at the Faymonville carnival in 2014
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Iraqi Turkmens were present at the Faymonville carnival in 2014

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