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    Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe' after Geert Wilders beaten

    Minister claims there is no difference between liberal politicians and 'fascist' far-right leader

    by Lizzie Dearden - 16 March 2017

    A Turkish minister has claimed "holy wars will soon begin" in Europe, in spite of the defeat of far-right leader Geert Wilders in the Netherlands elections.

    Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, did not welcome the victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

    "Now the election is over in the Netherlands...when you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist Wilders,"
    he said according to a translation by Hurriyet.

    "All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon begin in Europe."


    Mr Wilders attempted to capitalise on an ongoing diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Turkey during his election campaign, leading a small protest outside the country's embassy and calling Mr Erdogan a "dictator".

    His anti-Islam Party for Freedom came second in the Dutch election with 20 seats, compared to 33 for Mr Rutte's VVD, and is likely to be excluded from coalition talks.

    French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron hailed the result as a victory for "progressives", while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Mr Rutte to congratulate him overnight.

    The dispute over political campaigning for a constitutional referendum in Turkey has intensified since a rally to be held by Mr Cavusoglu in Rotterdam was cancelled on Saturday.

    Dutch authorities withdrew permission for the foreign minister's plane to land when he vowed to visit the country regardless, sparking a series of tit-for-tat sanctions.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prominent ministers have called the Dutch government "fascists" and "Nazis", while EU leaders have called the allegations offensive and "detached from reality".

    Turkish hackers spread the Nazi accusations across high profile Twitter accounts on Wednesday morning, posting pro-Erdogan messages and a link to the President speaking from accounts including Unicef USA, Amnesty International, BBC North America, Forbes and Justin Bieber's Japanese account.

    "A little bit of an Ottoman Slap to you, see you on 16 April," read the identical tweets, using the hashtags #NaziGermany and #NaziHolland.

    The dispute has sparked protests in Turkey and across Europe, while Turkish-backed rebels in Syria put out a video accusing the Dutch government of being swayed by the ideology of Mr Wilders' "xenophobic and racist" Party for Freedom (PVV).

    A protester scaled the Dutch consulate in Istanbul and replaced the national flag with the Turkish banner during demonstrations on Sunday, while Turkish protesters have been photographed stabbing oranges and holding signs reading "fascist Holland".

    Ankara also halted high-level talks with Dutch government officials on Monday and closed its airspace to the country's diplomats, while repeating threats to scrap a deal struck with the EU last year to slow the flow of refugees to Greece.

    Nazi allegations were initially leveled at the German government by Mr Erdogan after several cities cancelled planned rallies.

    At least four German local authorities have withdrawn permission for pro-Erdogan campaign events, as well as areas of Austria and Switzerland.

    Allies of the Turkish President are targeting more than a million Turkish voters living in Europe who will be eligible to cast a ballot in the vote on 16 April.

    The referendum could see Turkey's parliamentary system replaced with an executive presidency using constitutional amendments that have alarmed human rights groups by granting sweeping powers to Mr Erdogan.

    All rally cancellations have cited safety and administrative issues but were linked to concern over a crackdown seeing thousands of people detained in Turkey following an attempted coup in July.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7632571.html

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    UAE paid $3bn to finance coup attempt in Turkey: Report

    Tue Jun 13, 2017

    The United Arab Emirates financed a high-profile coup attempt last year in Turkey and paid about three billion dollars to the putschists, a columnist in a Turkish daily has claimed.

    Mehmet Acet, a columnist for Yeni Safak daily, said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meant the United Arab Emirates when he recently hinted at a Muslim country that spent billions to topple the Turkish government in the coup in July 2016.

    Cavusoglu said in recent remarks that a foreign country funneled money to the putschists while making efforts to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    “We know that a country provided $3 billion in financial support for the coup attempt in Turkey and exerted efforts to topple the government in illegal ways. On top of that, it is a Muslim country,” said the Turkish foreign minister
    , as quoted by Acet.

    Acet elaborated on his claims in an interview to the Turkish media, saying sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry had confirmed that the country behind the coup was indeed the United Arab Emirates.

    “The minister did not name the country. However, sources from the foreign ministry have confirmed that it was the UAE,”
    Acet told Daily Sabah newspaper.

    Other sources have also claimed that a media magnet close to the government in Abu Dhabi had indeed transferred money to Turkey weeks before the coup was carried out. They said the money had been funneled to elements loyal to Fethullah Gulen, a cleric based in the United States who is accused by Ankara of masterminding the coup attempt.

    Right after the coup was declared over on July 16 last year, Turkey launched a massive crackdown to hunt the plotters. The widening action then led to more than 40,000 arrests. More than 100,000 people have also been discharged from their jobs.

    Turkey has not directly accused a country of having a role in the coup, which killed over 250 people. However, Cavusoglu’s remarks come amid a widening diplomatic standoff in the Persian Gulf region. Turkey has been defending Qatar against allegations of terrorism by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates while it has repeatedly endorsed Qatar’s support for senior officials from the Muslim Brotherhood, a popular party outlawed in Egypt since three years ago under pressure from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

    Ankara and Abu Dhabi are also at odds over the situation in Libya, where the two countries support different sides of the conflict.

    http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/0...urkey-coup-UAE

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    'Israeli flags won’t save you': Erdogan threatens Iraqi Kurds with famine over referendum

    26 Sep, 2017


    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Iraqi Kurds will “not be able to find food” if Ankara decides to halt the flow of trucks and oil into the region, adding that all military and economic sanctions are on the table.

    “[They] will be left in the lurch when we start imposing our sanctions,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

    “It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.”

    The Turkish president then warned that Israel’s support would be insufficient to sustain the Iraqi Kurds’ drive for independence and would not save them from international isolation.
    Erdogan added that Tel Aviv does not exercise sufficient leverage over the world community.

    “Who will recognize your independence? Israel. The world is not about Israel. You should know that the waving of Israeli flags there will not save you,” he said, as quoted by Hurriyet.

    "If the only support for the KRG’s referendum is given by Israel and if the [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK starts celebrating [the results] even before the polls close then there can be neither innocence nor legitimacy,” Erdogan said.

    The Israel reference comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed support for an independent Kurdistan earlier this month, while taking aim at Ankara's support of Hamas.

    “Israel opposes the PKK and considers it a terrorist organization, in contrast to Turkey, which supports the terrorist group Hamas,” Netanyahu said during a state visit to Argentina. “While Israel is opposed to any kind of terrorism, it supports the legitimate means of the Kurdish people to obtain their own state.”

    The Turkish leader said Iraqi Kurds are incapable of creating their own state. “They don’t have an idea on how to be a state. They think that they are a state just by saying it. This can’t and won’t happen,” he said.

    He also called the Iraqi Kurds’ decision to hold an independence referendum “a betrayal to our country [Turkey] in an era where our relations were at their best level in history,” adding that the referendum would be “null and void” regardless of its results.

    If the Kurdish Regional Government that does not backtrack on their decision concerning the referendum “as soon as possible,” they will “go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” Erdogan added.

    The Turkish president warned that all options – from economic sanctions to military measures – are on the table.
    Although the Turkish president has repeatedly warned of sanctions, he has so far provided few details.

    A halt in Ankara's supply of oil to the region would be welcomed by Baghdad, which has asked foreign countries to stop direct oil trading with the region.

    However, retaliatory moves following the referendum may have already begun, according to a Turkish broadcasting official who told Reuters that Turkey has pulled Kurdish TV channel Rudaw from its TurkSat satellite service.

    The Turkish president's comments come just one day after the KRG held an independence referendum, prompting Erdogan to accuse the KRG's president, Massoud Barzani, of “treachery” over the vote.

    “Until the very last moment, we weren’t expecting Barzani to make such a mistake as holding the referendum, apparently we were wrong,” the Turkish president said in his Tuesday speech.

    “This referendum decision, which has been taken without any consultation, is treachery.”

    Barzani has stressed, however, that the vote is not binding. Rather, it is aimed at prompting negotiations with Baghdad and neighboring countries over a peaceful breakaway of the region from Iraq.

    KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani expressed a similar sentiment on Monday.

    “The referendum does not mean independence will happen tomorrow, nor are we redrawing borders,” he said. “If the ‘yes’ vote wins, we will resolve our issues with Baghdad peacefully.”

    However, Baghdad has said it will not hold talks with the KRG on the results of the “unconstitutional” referendum.

    “We are not ready to discuss or have a dialogue about the results of the referendum because it is unconstitutional,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a speech broadcast on state TV on Monday night.

    Turkey, Iran, and Syria are also against the secession of the region
    , fearing it will inflame separatism among their own ethnic Kurdish populations.

    Meanwhile, Ankara and Baghdad banded together in a show of force on Tuesday, with their militaries holding joint military exercises in southeast Turkey, near the border with Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

    Although official results of the referendum are expected by Wednesday, initial results indicated that 72 percent of eligible voters had taken part in the referendum, and that a huge majority – perhaps over 90 percent – had voted ‘yes’ to independence, according to Rudaw.

    https://www.rt.com/news/404658-erdog...distan-hunger/

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    Turkey to block anti-China media to dismay of Uighur activists

    Uighur leaders fear Turkey's growing security cooperation with China will see the minority's plight forgotten

    by AreebUllah - 3 August 2017

    Turkey's Uighurs community has voiced fear and concern over plans to impose a media blackout on reports critical of China, following a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday.

    Uighur activists fear a media blackout could lead to their plight "being forgotten" by the Turkish people after Cavusoglu agreed to stronger cooperation on security and counter-terrorism with China during the meeting in Beijing.

    He said: "We take China's security as our security. We absolutely will not allow in Turkey any activities targeting or opposing China. Additionally, we will take measures to eliminate any media reports targeting China," he added.

    The Uighur minority comes from the predominantly Muslim autonomous province of China, known officially as Xinjiang and locally as East Turkestan. Beijing has placed a series of restrictions on religious practice in the region and many have settled across the Middle East.

    China used the meeting with Turkey to express its fears about ethnic Uyghurs fighting with militants in the Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

    A Chinese media blackout

    Speaking about plans to ban anti-China reports in the Turkish media, a Uighur activist based in Istanbul who did not want to be named, said: "It could be a big problem for the Uyghur community inside Turkey."

    "There are few countries in the world where protests about the plight of people inside East Turkistan makes the front page," said the Uyghur student activist, who declined to be named citing safety concerns. "We can't rely on Chinese press to tell us what is really happening to the Uighurs."

    They added: "Activities to support Uighurs was once banned in Turkey with the demand of China but it was a time which Turkey was weak. I believe both the politicians and the nation will keep doing what they have been doing which is supporting Uighurs' cause."

    Nuzugum, who also studies in Istanbul told MEE that Turkish reports help undermine Beijing's blackout on reports about discrimination and violence against Uighurs in China.

    "China tries to hide all the news about Uighurs. So we have to rely on reports in the international press about the situation in East Turkistan,"
    said Nuzugum. "If they stop reports that are against China, no-one will know what is happening to the Uyghurs."

    Loss of human rights

    Beijing's growing relationship with Ankara has created further concern among activists as it comes after hundreds of Uighurs inside Egypt were arrested and forced to leave the country at the behest of the Chinese authorities.

    Erkin Emet, who is the assistant general secretary of the Uighur World Congress, told MEE that many within his community were "anxious" about plans for Turkey to work closely with China on counter-terrorism.

    "As Uighurs, we are not happy with this
    , we are anxious because China sees all Uighurs as potential militants," said Emet. "We are more uncomfortable with the situation as the Chinese have taken all our rights away from us, and this could be an alliance that could limit us (as a community) inside Turkey."

    He added: "There are a lot of East Turkistanis in Turkey, most of which have come here due to the political pressure and oppression. About 320,000 Uighurs live in Turkey and they are uncomfortable with Turkey coming close to China, but we don't believe they would hand us over.

    "This is because the [ruling party] has a political discourse which upholds justice and we, therefore, don't believe they will go against it. Also, Uighurs share a sort of religious and ethnic brotherhood with Turks."

    Arrested Uighur students in Egypt

    Fears continued to mount for Uighurs living in Cairo after Amnesty International reported that a further 10 students were forcibly removed by the Egyptian authorities and deported to China on Wednesday.

    In 2015, Turkey angered China by expressing concern about reports of restrictions on worship and fasting by Uighurs in Xinjiang during the holy month of Ramadan. Turkish protesters have marched on China's embassy and consulate in Turkey over the treatment of Uighurs.

    The two countries have also quarrelled over Thailand's deportation of Uighur migrants back to China.

    Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, successive Turkish governments, to the annoyance of China, continued to welcome Uighurs who had fled persecution and discrimination in China.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/Uy...ces-1230193452


 

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