Erdogan: EU not indispensable, wasting Turkey's time

15 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to turn his back on the EU and “initiate plan B”

The minister took issue with efforts by detractors to smear President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reputation as a leader to the extent of labelling him as a dictator.

"The European Union is not indispensable for us..." We will then initiate our plan B. Turkey is able to stand on its own two feet.

"Justice is a right; we want our right back", Mr. Kilicdaroglu said as he addressed the rally.

More than 240 people have been killed after rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets in an attempt to abduct and kill the Turkish president.

British MP David Lammy said the arrest on July 5 of ten human rights activists was the latest evidence of a brutal crackdown by a regime which had become a "dictatorship".

Turkey also extended the detention of Amnesty International's local Director Idil Eser and nine others.

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The 10 were accused of being members of an "armed terrorist organisation" - although Amnesty said it is unclear which one.

You have more freedom than me.

Reporters without Borders (RSF) said Turkish authorities had rescinded 775 press cards since 2016 and hundreds of journalists' passports have been cancelled without any court approval.

The demonstration was in response to the widespread jailings and dismissals authorised by the Turkish government after last year's failed coup attempt. "No-one is jailed because of journalism here", Erdoğan claimed. "They try to make robots out of genuine people", he said.

Some 50,000 people have been arrested and over 100,000 fired or suspended from their jobs as Erdogan seeks to clean house. "I don't know any other power which is stronger than public's power... and it's not possible to accept military government", he said. About 30 plotters are also believed to have died during their failed attempt.



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