Erdogan: Tolerating swastikas means German authorities are fascists

Erdogan: Tolerating swastikas means German authorities are fascists
27 Mar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses German authorities of fascism because they tolerate swastikas being drawn on mosques in the country.

During a ceremony held in Istanbul in Sunday, Erdogan slammed German authorities for not taking action against neo-Nazi groups, who have started to paint swastikas on mosques throughout the country.

He also noted that German authorities have been indifferent towards the NSU (Nationalist Socialist Underground) case in which the group was accused of murdering eight Turkish nationals and a Greek citizen in a bombing attack in a Turkish neighborhood and a series of robberies between 2000 and 2006.

People wave national flags and cheer during a rally in support of the Turkish President on March 26, 2017 in Istanbul. (Photo by AFP)

Erdogan also censured the German government for banning the defense contractor Rheinmetall from selling some of its products to Turkey.

He noted that Berlin refrains from selling arms to its NATO ally Turkey, but sells arms to terrorist groups. “They call Turkey’s president a ‘dictator’, but when we call them fascist with good reason, the German authorities get offended.”

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Turkey summons Swiss ambassador

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Switzerland’s ambassador in Ankara over a demonstration held in Bern, which it claims was organized by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey, the EU, and the US regard a terrorist organization.

On Saturday, thousands of people took part in a protest in the Swiss capital, calling for a ‘No” vote in Turkey’s upcoming April 16 constitutional reform referendum.

People hold banners and flags during a demonstration against Erdogan dictatorship and in favor of democracy in Turkey in Bern, Switzerland March 25, 2017. The banner reads ”Say no to Erdogan.” (Photo by Reuters) 

Turkey is set hold a referendum on the constitutional amendments, including giving executive powers to the president, currently a ceremonial post, and abolishing the office of the prime minister.

Swiss Ambassador Walter Haffner was informed that Ankara expects Switzerland to bring the people responsible for the demonstration to justice and to take measures to stop such protests being held in the future.

Following the Saturday protest, Turkey summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires as Haffner was not present.

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