Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is up in arms about refusals by several European counties to allow Turkey’s foreign minister to host public meetings on behalf of the Turkish government. Erdogan is pushing a referendum that would transform Turkey’s parliamentary system into a presidential one, placing even more power into his hands.
More than 4.5 million Turks live in Western Europe and have the right to vote in their native country’s elections. Any nation should be wary in having the domestic issues of another politicized on its own soil. Such concern is more pronounced in this case, considering that the proposed public meetings would be nothing more than one-sided political rallies.
Erdogan even had the nerve to lecture Europe, calling on the European Union to “uphold democracy, human rights, and rule of law” and accusing the Dutch of Nazism. This is coming from a leader whose party is silencing all opposition and freedom of speech in Turkey after last July’s failed coup. The soot covering Erdogan is so thick that it’s doubtful he can even see the kettle, let alone call it black.
Randy Baloian, Fresno