On the same day a terrorist slaughtered innocent people in London, Turkey’s President Tayyip Recap Erdogan said no European will be able to “walk safely” anywhere.
If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy,” Erdogan told a group of local journalists in Ankara on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Erdogan is fighting with everyone throughout Europe because they have barred political rallies supporting a Turkish referendum which would allow Erdogan to stay in power until 2029.
The referendum is scheduled for April.
Earlier this month, Erdogan branded Dutch authorities as “Nazi remnants” after the government withdrew permission for Turkey’s foreign minister to land and speak at a pro-Erdogan rally in Rotterdam.
Since then, he has slammed a number of local authorities for canceling similar political rallies for Turkish ex-pats in German cities that had been scheduled in March.
At a rally in Istanbul on Sunday, the Turkish leader once again labeled certain European countries “Nazis,” saying they “would revive gas chambers” if they weren’t so ashamed.
To add fuel to the fire, Erdogan turned his sights directly on Germany’s chancellor. “When we call them Nazis, they [European politicians] get uncomfortable. They rally together in solidarity. Especially Merkel,” he said.
“Merkel… She backs [the Netherlands], too. You too are practicing Nazi practices. On whom? On my Turkish brothers and sisters in Germany,” the Turkish leader added.