New York Times Points the Finger at Erdogan


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

7th January, 2016


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again crossed the line, referring to his “Nazi Germany” conversation with journalists, which is not surprising, given his reputation as an authoritarian leader, inclined to violate human rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and other political freedom, writes The New York Times.

“Ever since he came to power a decade ago, he used his ministerial, and then presidential powers, to suppress the media, trade unions and other opponents,” – the newspaper said.

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The worst fears about the behaviour of the Turkish President were confirmed after his Justice and Development Party (AKP) won in the important elections in November, the publication adds. Even before the vote, Erdogan renewed his war against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), trying to increase his ranking before the vote, and then “took” from the Democratic Party of People’s who had an opportunity to defend the rights of national minorities, in particular the Kurds, in parliament.

“The allies of Turkey, America and Europe, in their shameful inaction watched the brutality of the Turkish army, causing air strikes on Kurdish targets in the south-east of the country”, – stated the material. Bombs fell on dozens of residential areas, and as a result of the military campaign, since the beginning of 2015, 3,100 Kurdish rebels were killed and an unspecified number of civilians.

“Erdogan should end the war and begin the process of integration of the Kurds in Turkish politics, but instead he is moving in the opposite direction, which is why more and more people get in the way, believing that violence is the only way to achieve greater autonomy” – the newspaper wrote.

In addition, the Turkish president did not participate in the fight against the IS, in which their numbers are very high, thus fuelling tensions in the region, said The New York Times.

“Mr. Erdogan is very far from the days when he could be considered a respected leader of the Muslim majority democracy and a reliable partner in the region” – the paper concluded.

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