ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to respect human right and democracy.
While talking to journalists in Ankara, Erdogan said 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 added. He said “If you continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully.”
Relations between Turkey and Europe have been severely strained since Turkish ministers were thwarted from campaigning on the continent for a ‘yes’ vote in next month’s referendum on expanding Erdogan’s powers.
He said such behaviour was reminiscent of Nazi Germany and also raised alarm over what it sees as rising racism and Islamophobia.
Erdogan warned Europe that Turkey was “not a country to push, to prod, to play with its honour, to shove its ministers out of the door, drag its citizens on the floor.”
The president accused German consular officials of allowing Yucel to take refuge in the residence of the German consul in Istanbul for a month to evade arrest.