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Published On: Wed, Mar 22nd, 2017

No European will be able to safely walk on the streets: Erdogan

nsnbc : Turkey’s President R Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday, added an additional thinly-veiled threat when he warned that Europeans across the world “will not walk safely” if European governments maintain their current attitude towards Turkey.

Erdogan_Turkey_Mar 2017During a speech in the Turkish capital Ankara Erdogan said “If you [European leaders] continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully”.

The “warning” is the latest episode in a series of escalating tensions between Turkey, several European Union member states, as well as Turkey and NATO.

Turkish politicians from the ruling Islamist AKP and the nationalist opposition MHP had planned to gather support for the Turkish constitutional referendum to be held on April 16; In addition to addressing the Turkish diaspora in European countries and harness more votes in support for the Turkish constitutional referendum.

Disputes erupted when the government of the Netherlands put its foot down and insisted that Turkey cannot use diplomatic privileges under the Vienna Constitution when ministers use their “diplomatic cover” to lobby for a “party program”.

Erdogan and TalibanEuropean countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, are strictly rejecting bringing Turkish campaigns to their countries for security reasons.

It would be easy to brush off Erdogan’s latest “warning” as “merely an attempt to impress Turks in Turkey and in the diaspora” – but then again…..

Erdogan is known for long-standing ties to terrorism, including members of the Taliban, the notorious Afghan war lord Hekmatyar, and in recent years for allowing Turkey to function as the main transit country for weapons and insurgents who are fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria.

CH/L – nsnbc 22.03.2017

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