Turkish President Erdogan likens Germany’s ban on rallies to “Nazi practices”

erdogan-warnsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Germany on Sunday for blocking rallies in support of him ahead of a vote on boosting his powers, likening the ban to “Nazi practices”.

The attack came a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to try to defuse the row, which has put a major new strain on already bruised ties between the NATO allies.

Local authorities in Germany, citing security concerns, have banned several rallies by Turkish ministers ahead of an April 16 referendum on whether to approve changes to the constitution.

“Germany, you are not even close to democracy,” Erdogan told a women’s rally in Istanbul. “Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past.”

He added: “I thought it’s been a long time since Germany left (Nazi practices). We are mistaken.”

The cancellations have infuriated the Turkish government, which accused Berlin of working against the “Yes” campaign in the referendum and summoned the German ambassador to the foreign ministry in protest.

After Erdogan’s outburst, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by phone with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel late Sunday, a call that came at the request of the German side, a Turkish official said on condition of anonymity.

The pair are set to meet on Wednesday, it was announced last week. In a bid to defuse the row, Merkel also called the Turkish premier on Saturday.

Germany is home to the largest population of Turks outside Turkey with around three million in the country of Turkish origin, the legacy of a massive “guest worker” programme in the 1960s-70s.

– ‘Undesirable’? –

Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says the changes would bring political stability.

But the vote is widely seen as a referendum on Erdogan himself because the proposed plan could see him stay in power until 2029.

Opponents however say the changes that would grant sweeping new powers to the head of state would make parliament dysfunctional and promote a one-man rule model.

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Sunday that Turkish politicians should be banned from political campaigning across the European Union.

“A collective EU response to prevent such campaign events would make sense so that individual countries like Germany where appearances are forbidden don’t end up being pressured by Turkey,” Kern told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

Turkish rallies have also come under scrutiny in the Netherlands where Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said a planned pro-Erdogan rally in Rotterdam on March 11 would be “undesirable”.

Erdogan on Sunday said other EU member states with significant Turkish communities were likely to follow suit.

“The Netherlands acted similarly and maybe others will follow,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where you come from. If you talk about democracy, you must live up to it.”

But he reserved his strongest rhetoric for Germany.

“You will lecture us about democracy and then you will not let this country’s ministers speak there,” he said.

“We no longer want to see the Nazi world. We don’t want to see the practices of those fascist regimes.”

– Months of tension –

Tensions with Germany, a European Union heavyweight, have simmered for months, especially since the failed bid in July to unseat Erdogan.

Ankara has launched a vast crackdown in the aftermath of the failed putsch, which has seen more than 100,000 people arrested, dismissed or sacked for alleged links to the plotters or to Kurdish militants.

Berlin has criticised the arrest of Deniz Yucel, 43-year-old Turkish-German dual national correspondent for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper charged by an Istanbul court with spreading terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred.

“That man is a terrorist, not a journalist,” Erdogan told another Istanbul rally, as he accused Berlin of “putting my ministers on the same scale” with him.

Erdogan also said that, if he wanted to, he would go to Germany himself, but warned: “If you don’t let me in, or if you don’t let me speak, I will make the whole world rise up.”

On Friday, the president said the journalist had been sheltered at the German consulate for a month before his detention, claiming that he was a “German agent.”

YAHOO/AFP

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  • Y K

    The Islamonazi-in-Chief is offended by (non-existent) German “Nazis” aka people who don’t want to see his repulsive mug anywhere near them.

  • Niemals

    An EU-wide ban on Turkish politicians’ campaigning in the bloc has been suggested by Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2205dfc0b9e65a64db79eeca97c844805144602f29f3747a29af9aaba9f336b9.jpg
    However the Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci still plans to visit Turkish voters in Germany….

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    Berlin called Erdogan’s comparison of the policy of the German authorities with Nazism vile https://lenta.ru/news/2017/03/06/erdie/

  • Niemals

    It is not the end of the story, now the Turkish minister, in France, slams ‘fascist’ Netherlands.
    First the turks want to be a part of the EU, now they show their ugly face – what can you expect from those muslim fanatics that dream of reviving the Turkish empire….
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b61e2e96c00e4265ca02b716f3175b4b11676b9c9bc837b2736bbf5b6c623d70.jpg We made the mistake thinking that the Turks living among us are part of us, not of turkey,

    Surprising that the Swedish venue owner cancels contract with Turkish ruling party for rally, the swedes was always ass-liking the turks.

    It will be best to deport all turks that refuse to swear allegiance to the German state
    We don’t need or except a fifth colon in our country.

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    Erdogan called the Netherlands “a banana republic” https://lenta.ru/news/2017/03/13/erdogan/

  • Niemals

    Red card for Erdogan
    Rotterdam keeps cool head amid Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic row despite that Turkey’s government has been using increasingly rough tactics to force campaign appearances in Europe. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca992ca2df91b1d577ea9d038ff17e06ff78d86e2be99bfab95ebe91aac9ab54.jpg
    Now, the Netherlands have barred Turkish ministers from holding events.

    Furthermore Denmark has joined a growing list of countries to block Turkey’s attempts at political campaigns in Europe.
    Germany’s interior minister says there could be legal avenues to bar entry to referendum campaigners.

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    Dutch prime minister accused Erdogan of falsifying history https://lenta.ru/news/2017/03/14/history_falsehood/

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    German authorities threatened to ban Turkish politicians from entering the country https://lenta.ru/news/2017/03/15/germany_turkey/

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  • Niemals

    “Turkey vows to mobilize Islamic world against Euro-fascism”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b83712a56e011cf4e6e583119c88f4e52382891bf520e8ecdcbc2aad95dd5f2d.jpg Turkey will intensify its efforts against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia on all international platforms, especially at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as Turkey’s government is currently the term president, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 14.

    “This matter is not a matter merely for Turkey. This fascism that shows its dirty face is negatively impacting all Muslims and foreigners living in Europe,” he said at a Doctor’s Day meeting.

    Erdoğan called on Turks, Muslims and foreigners living in Germany and the Netherlands not to vote for parties that espouse anti-Turkey policies.

    In a new attack against the Dutch in their spat, Erdoğan also held the Netherlands responsible for Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II.

    “We know the Netherlands and the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there,” he said.

    “We are familiar with how the character of their civilization was corrupted, how they have massacred 8,000 Bosnians there; we know them well,” Erdoğan noted.

    Erdoğan was referring to a Dutch battalion of United Nations peacekeepers who failed to halt the slaughter by Bosnian Serb forces of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia in 1995.

    In 2002, the government of Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok resigned en masse in recognition that the country’s soldiers failed to do enough to prevent the slaughter.

    Some European countries have turned into “toys of racist and fascist parties” Erdoğan stated. He also slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for siding with the Netherlands.

    “We know that you are no different from them. We do not expect anything else. [Dutch PM Mark Rutte] attacks with his horses and dogs, and you [Merkel] attack with your horses and dogs.”

    The Netherlands exhibited “state terror” by not permitting Turkish ministers to rally with Turks in the country on March 11 and by intervening against protesters with police, Erdoğan said, adding that the country had greatly damaged Europe and the EU. “Now, the EU, for those who want to cooperate with, is not a symbol of the law, freedoms and human rights anymore. Europe is so important that it cannot be left at the mercy of a rogue state. I invite the whole world to take a determined position to be more sensitive.” (Hurriyet Daily News)

    Furthermore “Istanbul terminates sister city protocol with Rotterdam after Erdoğan’s call”….

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    Bulgaria withdrew its ambassador from Turkey https://lenta.ru/news/2017/03/17/bulgaria_otzyv_posla/