Turkey condemns Austria's ban on 'Grey Wolves' salute
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli salutes party supporters at a meeting in Ankara on Jan. 24. (Anadolu Agency)
"We do not accept this and we strongly condemn it," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"It is scandalous that the 'Grey Wolves' salute, which is the symbol of a legal political party in Turkey, is on the same list as the symbol of the PKK, a bloody terrorist organization," the statement said.
The ministry statement followed changes to Austrian law last week banning symbols of "extremist organizations" in the country.
MHP, founded 50 years ago, has been a coalition partner in Turkish governments, and currently has an alliance in elections and parliament with the ruling Justice and Development Party.