Erdogan went on: "The court has made this decision. I can only give my personal opinion here, but in a democracy, I cannot approve of a decision against a free thinking organization. Especially during this period when we are saying 'a freer Turkey, a more forward looking democracy.' You may not agree with someone's opinions, but by stepping in front of them to stop them, this is not the way to disagree. By preventing speakers who have not spoken from speaking, by preventing a platform for thought from even occuring, you are not in line with democracy or freedom or modernity. These are my thoughts on the matter."