Fresh Diplomatic Scandal After Erdogan Accuses Germany Of “Fascist Actions”
by Tyler Durden
Mar 5, 2017
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of “Nazi practices” in a growing diplomatic rift over the cancellation of political rallies aimed at propping support for him among the 1.5 million Turks living in Germany. Erdogan’s latest outburst on Sunday took place days after German authorities withdrew permission for two rallies by Turkish citizens in German cities, at which Turkish ministers were to urge a “Yes” vote in a referendum next month on granting Erdogan sweeping new presidential, almost dictatorial according to some, powers.
Speaking in Istanbul, the Turkish president fanned the flames with a stinging verbal attack.
“In Germany, they are not allowing our friends to speak. Let them do so. Do you think that by not allowing them to speak the votes in Germany will come out ‘no’ instead of ‘yes?'” Erdogan said. “Germany, you don’t have anything to do with democracy. These current practices of yours are no different than the Nazi practices of the past.” the Turkish president said at a rally in Istanbul.
“When we say that, they get disturbed. Why are you disturbed?”
“We will talk about Germany’s actions in the international arena and we will put them to shame in the eyes of the world,” Erdogan said and added “We don’t want to see their fascist actions. We thought that era was in the past, but apparently it isn’t.”