German city removes gold Erdoğan statue after violent clashes

Controversial effigy of Turkish PM was part of Wiesbaden art Biennale

The German city of Wiesbaden has removed a large gold statue of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after it sparked clashes between his supporters and opponents.

“In agreement with state police, Mayor Sven Gerich decided to have the statue removed as security could no longer be guaranteed,” the city’s government said on Twitter.

The effigy of Turkey’s leader caused tensions in Wiesbaden after it was put up for an arts festival.

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