Life is hard. “Erdoğan brands Dutch government ‘Nazi remnants and fascists’ – video…

Turkey’s president brands the Dutch “Nazi remnants” as a row grows over a cancelled Rotterdam rally.
Erdoğan brands Dutch government ‘Nazi remnants and fascists’ – video

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brands the Netherlands “Nazi remnants” and “fascists” after the Dutch government withdrew permission for Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to land there for a planned visit. At a rally in Istanbul on Saturday Erdoğan says the Dutch don’t know anything about international diplomacy, while Cavusoglu appears on Turkish television to promise “heavy consequences” for the decision


Turkish Parliament Deputy Speaker Ahmet Aydın on March 1 accused the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of “almost being taken hostage” by people with “anti-Turkish agenda.”
Austria says any plans by the Turkish leader to campaign for his upcoming referendum could cause divisions.

Debating in whispers: opposition fearful ahead of Turkish referendum

Journalists, MPs and activists have been jailed ahead of vote on a system to grant sweeping powers to President Erdoğan

Turkish opposition officials have warned of a campaign of harassment and intimidation by the government in the run-up to next month’s referendum on a presidential system that would grant sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Free speech is under fire. Victims of the president’s clampdown need the same kinds of support we once offered dissidents in the Soviet UnionIf this newspaper were published in Turkey the rest of this column might be entirely blank, except for an author photograph at the top and the words, printed in large type, “124 days deprived of freedom”. That’s what the country’s most important surviving oppositional newspaper, Cumhuriyet, regularly prints for its imprisoned columnists – with the tally of days in jail ticking up and up. One leading columnist, Kadri Gürsel, recently sent a moving letter that begins: “I salute you all with love from B block, ward number 25 of Silivri prison number 9.”

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses reporter Yucel of being a “German agent”
Egypt Independent
In September, Yucel reported on social media trolls in the service of Turkey’s government’s, based in part on emails published by WikiLeaks and the domestic group known as Red Hack. The emails, already publicly available, apparently came from the inbox …
1ST LEAD State news: Erdogan calls arrested journalist Yucel ‘German agent’ By Linda Say and Can Merey, dpaEurope Online Magazine

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed Germany over its decision to ban Turkish ministers from holding events in two German cities ahead of the April 16 constitutional referendum that will decide whether the current parliamentary system should be shifted to an executive presidency
An EU statement should say that under Erdogan’s new constitution, Turkey no longer meets entry criteria and accession talks should be suspended.
Two German towns cancelled campaign events by Turkish ministers to rally support for Erdogan’s consitutional reform amid escalating tensions between the two countries over the detention of a prominent German-Turkish journalist.
The cancellation of a Turkish minister’s meeting with Turkish nationals in Germany is another example of “systematic implementation of the German deep state” against Turkish government figures who want to campaign in a country where around 3 million Turks live, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has claimed.
Turkey has reacted to Germany not granting permission to the meeting which Minister of Justice Bozdağ would attend. Minister of Foreign Affairs Çavuşoğlu has said, “This has become a systematical practice of the German deep state”.

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