Another Turkish rally possible in Germany before referendum, Erdogan spokesman says

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

"The German ambassador was invited, summoned, to the Foreign Ministry and this [rally] was condemned in the strongest way", he said as reported by Deutsche Welle.

Thousands of people turned up for the rally, which took place on Saturday, marking the beginning of the annual Newroz festival when Kurds mark the traditional New Year.

The front page comes following similar vitriol from Erdoğan in which he likened both the German and the Dutch authorities to Nazis for their efforts to prevent Turkish rallies in support of the president occurring on European soil. The Turkish president's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also called Germany's actions "a worst example of double standards".

Protesters chanted "Erdogan terrorist" and "freedom for Ocalan", referring to Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), with many waving flags featuring Ocalan's face.

The PKK has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 that has killed over 40,000 people.

Amid the controversy and concerns over a crackdown on journalists and civil servants in Turkey, senior German officials have cast doubt Turkey's chances of joining the European Union.

Isik said German politicians must address the matter or risk questions arising over Berlin's possible role in the coup.

In an interview with Der Spiegel published on Saturday, Germany's foreign intelligence chief Bruno Kahl said Ankara had repeatedly tried to convince Berlin that Gulen was behind the coup "but they have not succeeded". "Merkel, now you're applying Nazi methods against my brothers who live in Germany, and against my ministers and lawmakers who visit there".

"Even though we deserved it, we were not given the Olympics".

On Friday, Erdogan said during a televised speech in a city west of Ankara that Turks in Europe should "have five children, not three".

"Why are they protecting them?"

Erdogan did not explicitly say if Turkey was in the future mulling another Olympic bid, something that has been rumoured on occasion.

Erdogan made those comments after the two countries blocked Ankara ministers who wanted to campaign among Turkish immigrants for a "YES" vote in the upcoming referendum.

The Turkish government blames Gulen's network of followers in the military for the putsch in July, when a group of rogue soldiers seized tanks, helicopters and war planes to attack parliament and attempt to overthrow the government.

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