Turkish FM tells Germany not to give Turkey ‘human rights lessons’

Published March 8th, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu waves a Turkish flag as he arrives at the residence of Turkey's consul general in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2017. (AFP/Daniel Reinhardt)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu waves a Turkish flag as he arrives at the residence of Turkey's consul general in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2017. (AFP/Daniel Reinhardt)

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has slammed Germany – at a campaign rally in Hamburg.

Escalating the war of words between the two countries, he accused Berlin of hampering rallies in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid for new powers in a referendum next month.

Addressing Turkish voters on Tuesday, he said in a fiery speech:

“You prevent us from meeting our Turkish citizens. Does this suit humanity? Does this suit democracy? Does this suit human rights? Does this suit people’s right to meet?”

Each time the crowd roared “No!”

“Please don’t attempt to give us democracy and human rights lessons,” Cavusoglu told them.

“Look at yourself first.”

The rally was held in the residence of the Turkish consulate-general after authorities cancelled the original venue.

On Sunday, President Erdogan accused German officials of acting like Nazis.

Anti-Erdogan demonstrators turned out in Hamburg on Tuesday to denounce the Turkish President, calling for a ‘No’ vote and branding him a dictator.


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