Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech denouncing critics of the government's privatization policies, qualified opposition voices as "capital racists," said that the "enemies of capital" in Turkey were akin to those whose backward mentality slowed down the development of the printing press. Referring to recent reaction in the media and among opposition party members to announcements of investment in Turkey by Isreali businessman Sami Ofer and Dubai Sheik Al Maktum, PM Erdogan noted "It is impossible to find an investor who pleases them."
"We do not have any time to waste with these people"
Erdogan went on: "Sadly, we see that there are many people who are living in the past. There are those who do not understand correctly these latest developments....But we do not have any time to waste with these people....Those who are uncomfortable with Turkey opening its windows and doors to the world essentially trust neither this administration nor the people of the country. They are trying to scare the government and the people. We cannot please these people with any of the investors who come to Turkey.....The only thing these people know how to do is oppose. Now they have risen to oppose foreign investment. Some call them "old fashioned Communists," but I call them "capital racists." When history is written, they will be on the same page as those who slowed the development of the printing press, they will be remembered as leg irons. This is what I am calling out to them from here today."