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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Erdogan)

"The dictator of Turkey is visiting @realDonaldTrum..."

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkish pronunciation: [ɾeˈd͡ʒep tajˈjip ˈæɾdo.an] ( listen); born 26 February 1954) is the 12th and current President of Turkey, in office since 2014. He previously served as the Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and as the Mayor of İstanbul from 1994 to 1998. Originating from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, his administration has overseen social conservative and liberal economic policies. He founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001 and led it to three general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down as leader upon his election as President in 2014. He is widely expected to pursue his political agenda while his new Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, takes a more docile approach

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The Human Rights Foundation is ensuring that upon Erdogan's arrival he knows he isn't welcome.

The Turkish dictator is a man so exquisitely sensitive that he imprisoned a man who shared a meme on social media comparing him to the character Gollum from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (the accused was sentenced to one year in prison). Beyond being thin-skinned, Erdogan is also a ruthless tyrant. We placed ads in several Washington DC newspapers. Here is the one from the Express (owned by Washington Post). We made sure to spread our message across the political spectrum. Consequently, we also placed an ad in the Washington Times. #ErdoganOut is the hashtag we are using.

 
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#SmokingGun: Voice of America - VOA video captures exact moment of pro-Erdogan forces rushing the police line and brutally beating Kurdish, Armenian and Yezidi human rights protesters in front of the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC

https://www.facebook.com/ancagrassroots/videos/10154765659301859/?hc_location=ufi

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Europe of staring a “clash” between Christianity and Islam with a ruling allowing employers to ban headscarves as part of wider restrictions on religious and political symbols.

Speaking hours after his foreign minister warned that “holy wars will soon begin”, the Turkish President launched a fresh attack amid an ongoing row over the cancellation of his supporters’ rallies across Europe.

 
He said the European Court of Justice ruling that upheld the dismissal of two Muslim women who refused to remove their hijabs started a “clash between crescent and cross” in terminology alluding to the Crusades.

on March 23, 2017
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Turkey’s president has accused Germany of “mercilessly supporting terrorism” - the latest in a string of insults traded between Ankara and its Nato allies in northern Europe.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments, broadcast live on television, threaten to inflame an already volatile diplomatic crisis that erupted at the weekend when the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from speaking at a political rally in Rotterdam.

On Saturday, Mr Erdogan branded the Netherlands "Nazi remnants, fascists" after the Dutch government withdrew permission for his Foreign Minister to land there.

on March 19, 2017
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The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has uncovered evidence that US-led coalition forces have helped support terrorists in Syria – including Isis.

American-led forces have been working alongside Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad but have attempted to avoid helping Isis and other Islamist militant groups.

However, speaking on Tuesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, he said he believed they had given support to a variety of militant groups, including Isis Kurdish outfits YPG and PYD.

on December 28, 2016
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Whether to go the whole hog and align himself with the extremist elements propping up the jihadist cause in order to broaden his eroding support base in the country, or still pretend to be moderate for the sake of conserving his fragile ties with the West. He seems embarrassed and weighed down by the dynamics of a fast-evolving situation. Knowing as we do of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s petulance and panache for high-handedness, he may not be expected to take the killing of his envoy lying down. What form his response will take is anybody’s guess. With Mr. Putin showing no signs of reneging on his pledge to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whatever more the Russian leader does will further muddy the waters. He has already imposed a team of a Russian investigators, and this might cause some resentment within the Turkish police.

on December 27, 2016
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged all Muslims to defend the Palestinian cause and said it is their obligation to protect Jerusalem.

Speaking in Istanbul, at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem, Erdogan said "it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem" and that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children, armed with nothing but stones.

He also condemned a proposed Israeli bill on Tuesday that limits "noise levels" at places of worship in Jerusalem, a plan seen as an attempt to silence the Muslim call to prayer.

Erdogan criticised the bill as "irrational" and "conscienceless". 

on December 2, 2016
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The Turkish President has told Donald Trump’s opponents to stop calling the President-elect a “dictator” and respect the results of the US election.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has himself been accused of dictatorial tendencies amid concern over a litany of human rights abuses reported in Turkey, said opponents were angry that the “plan failed”.

Speaking to the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation in Ankara on Wednesday, he said: “In America they started calling Trump a dictator. 

“In various countries of the Europe they spilled into the streets and started saying 'dictator.' Why aren't you respecting the results of the ballot box?

“This is the result that came out of the ballot box. Trump came out. Respect it.”

Mr Trump’s election sparked a wave of concern in Muslim-majority countries following his campaign pledge to put a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

But Mr Erdogan brushed off his new ally’s anti-Islamic rhetoric, saying his “mistake will be corrected”.

“We are used to such things in politics,” the Turkish President added according to a translation by Hurriyet.

“Today one speaks this way, then this mistake is corrected. We should not be deceived here.”

Mr Erdogan’s show of support came after the EU's most senior Brexit negotiator named him as one of a “ring of autocrats”alongside Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin who were undermining Europe.

on November 28, 2016
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Turkey’s president warned Europe on Friday that his nation could unleash another migrant crisis in the West, sharply raising the stakes after E.U. lawmakers called for a suspension in membership talks with Turkey.

Quarrels over Turkey’s bid to join the European Union have flared for decades, and the vote Thursday by the European Parliament to freeze membership dialogue was largely symbolic.

But the latest rift underscored the elevated risks amid new political pressures on both sides more than 10 months after a E.U.-Turkey pact that greatly slowed a surge of more than 1 million migrants and refugees into Europe.

In Turkey, pro-government forces have arrested or dismissed tens of thousands of people — from high-ranking military figures to teachers and civil servants — after a failed coup in July.

The crackdowns have prompted a sharp outcry from international rights groups and others. But Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has claimed the West has failed to stand by its NATO ally in a time of need, and he has resisted appeals to ease the purges.

In Europe, political leaders are increasingly uneasy about openings to Turkey as Erdogan’s government tightens its grip against perceived opposition, including journalists and activists. Europe is also facing the rise of populist political factions, such as France’s National Front, and others that oppose closer cooperation with Turkey.

The European Parliament’s resolution — made in response to Turkey’s sweeps — is nonbinding and does not force E.U. leaders to change their policies toward Turkey. But it prompted an angry response from Erdogan, who claimed that European leaders “betrayed” their promises.

In his first speech since the vote, Erdogan warned that any further steps to mothball membership talks or sideline Turkish exchanges with the E.U. could set another migrant wave in motion.

“If you go any further, those border gates will be opened,” Erdogan said in a televised address, making specific reference to Turkey’s border crossing with E.U. member Bulgaria.

on November 27, 2016
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Turkey's president has said he will ask parliament to consider reintroducing the death penalty.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was "convinced" his proposal to punish those behind July's failed military coup would be approved.

“Our government will take this [proposal on capital punishment] to parliament," he said in a speech in Ankara.

"I am convinced that parliament will approve it, and when it comes back to me, I will ratify it."

Crowds at the ceremony to inaugurate a high-speed train station in the Turkish capital chanted: “We want the death penalty!”

“Soon, soon, don't worry. It's happening soon, God willing,” said the President.

President Erdogan has previously said he would approve the return of the death penalty in Turkey if that was what the people and parliament wanted.

He told the crowd of millions his intentions at a vast rally in Istanbul following the attempted coup on 15 July.

The death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004 as the nation sought accession to the European Union. However, in practice it had not been enacted since 1984.

Relations between Brussels and Ankara have been strained since Turkey responded to the coup by launching a relentless crackdown against alleged plotters in state institutions, amid calls from the EU to act within the rule of law.

“The West says this, the West says that. Excuse me, but what counts is not what the West says. What counts is what my people say,” he said in his speech on Saturday.

on October 31, 2016
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