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German politician: 'Erdogan pours fuel on fire and supports terrorism'

October 31, 2020 at 3:16 pm

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan seen on the 97th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey at presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey on October 29, 2020 [TUR Presidency/Mustafa Oztartan – Anadolu Agency]

Foreign affairs expert in the opposition German Green Party, Cem Ozdemir, accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of promoting Islamic terrorism in Europe.

Ozdemir said in statements to the German Deutschland network on Friday that “measures must be taken against all these inciters who continue to fuel Islamist extremism for their own purposes motivated by cheap interests.”

He added, after the suspected stabbing attack of radical Islamist motives in Nice, southern France: “Turkish President Erdogan constantly pours oil on the fire, and contributes to violence and terrorism.”

The Turkish president had previously criticised the French President, Emmanuel Macron, for defending freedom of expression and publishing offensive cartoons of Islam, after the beheading of a French history teacher.

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Erdogan spoke of a “mass murder campaign” targeting Muslims in Europe and called for boycotting French products.

Ozdemir said: “In Germany, we need to handle Islamist organizations differently. These organizations must be established entirely according to our constitution and become independent from foreign governments.”

At least three people were killed and several others were injured in an attack in France on Thursday. The suspected attacker was arrested and France raised the terror alert level to the maximum “emergency” level nationwide, as President Macron spoke of an “Islamist terrorist attack”.

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