Turkish PM and pro-Kurdish DTP accuse each other of being a "Nazi"

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Turkish PM and pro-Kurdish DTP accuse each other of being a Nazi
Oluşturulma Tarihi: Aralık 17, 2008 11:30

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday began its debates on the draft budget for 2009. However mutual accusations from the Turkish prime minister and the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) have dominated the first day of the debate.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused the DTP of trying to win votes by threatening people and extended his support to the views of the nationalist party on the homeland issue, while DTP leader Ahmet Turk slammed the prime minister over his remarks.


Under the roof of this parliament some people, who do not want the prime minister to visit some cities in the country, have emerged, Erdogan said in his speech to parliament.


"While we were implementing our democratic right and I, as the prime minister of Turkey, was attending some ceremonies (in the southeastern provinces), it was very interesting to see some people, who couldn’t accept this, setting cars on fire and breaking the windows of my party's building. Is this democracy? Is this freedom? Is this human rights? You can't attain freedom or democracy like this, the path of democracy is the polls," Erdogan added. His words incited reaction from DTP deputies.

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A deputy from the DTP, Hasip Kaplan, referred to Erdogan as "Le Pen", in reference to the far-right French politician. "You are the Le Pen. You raised Nazism in this country," Erdogan replied to Kaplan.


"You are the Nazi and you represent Nazism. We have democratic rights. You cannot address us like this," Kaplan said in response to Erdogan's criticism.


DTP leader Turk slammed Erdogan in his speech, rejecting the claims that they want to divide the country and urged for official recognition of the Kurdish identity.


"We defend the brotherhood of nations. We believe this could only be ensured by showing respect to citizens' identities and cultures. The one who is disrespectful and raises the chauvinism is you (Erdogan)," Turk added.

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