POLITICS > ‘First God, then comes nation,’ Turkish culture minister says at German rally

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The rally in Düsseldorf was part of the 'respect of the national will' counter-demonstrations to the Gezi Park protests. AA photo

The rally in Düsseldorf was part of the 'respect of the national will' counter-demonstrations to the Gezi Park protests. AA photo

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik decried “junta and assassination plots” against the government during a mass rally today in Germany as part of counter-demonstrations to the Gezi Park protests, while saying God came before the nation.

“You brought the AKP [Justice and Development Party] to power in 2002 to establish your will and your vision. We have gone through junta plots and assassination plots against the AKP. But we all know: First God, then comes the nation,” Çelik said, addressing thousands of supporters gathered in the capital of the industrial state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
“If you believe and know that first comes God and then there is the nation, nobody can divert you from your path,” Çelik said, accusing the opposition of expecting coups. 
Çelik attended the rally together with his successor as the AKP’s deputy head in charge of foreign policy, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Istanbul deputy Metin Külünç.
Turkish PM gives video message
Çelik also criticized European countries for shying away from calling the military takeover in Egypt a “coup,” as the crowd chanted the name of the deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
He said that because Turkish people were familiar with military coups, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had given the message of “not stepping back.” 
“Some are hiding behind democratic movements. Those always wait in ambush. In Turkey as well, dark forces instantly appeared behind those who showed up to demonstrate with their democratic sensibilities,” Çelik said in an apparent reference to the protest triggered by the attempt to cut down trees in Istanbul’s central Gezi Park. 
Following his remarks, Çelik gave the floor to Erdoğan, who also sent a message of support to the toppled ruler of Egypt in a video message. 
“We don’t respect those who do not respect the people’s will because we paid the price a lot. We don’t want our Egyptian brothers to pay the same price,” Erdoğan said while expressing his “unlimited love” for Egypt’s people.
The Turkish government not only adopted a strong stance against the military takeover in Egypt, but also to countries that did not condemn it, especially the European Union.
The AKP had been strongly slammed by many EU countries due to its uncompromising attitude during the Gezi Park protests. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s criticism had sparked a livid reaction as Berlin had tried to postpone the opening of the first chapter in Turkey’s EU negotiations in two-and-a-half years. 
Tension peaked between both countries as the foreign ministries summoned each others’ ambassadors. The disagreements cooled down following several talks between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his counterpart, Guido Westerwelle.


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Grey Wolf

8/6/2013 12:30:45 AM

Allah always comes first.

Ken Alden

8/1/2013 12:29:01 AM

The slogan; "For 'God and Country' tells it all! Ones belif in a Devine entity and man's love for his country are inseparable!

Dave Chapman

7/14/2013 8:58:44 AM

@DutchTurk Janicar: Stop trotting out the 20,000 number, it's not helping your cause since it was so obviously made up!! The special 'miting' you keep going on about cannot be compared either. Apples and cow-pat. Taksim spread over a month with little co-ordination as such, spontaneous movement, with constant fear of gas/canon. The latter was a one-off, sponsored with free transport and no doubt, a deal of coercion. You better make some room in Holland..millions more will be running again

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

7/12/2013 12:42:53 AM

mara mcglothin, figures for 2008: 76% Christians, 3,8% other religions, 15% no religion, 5.2% answer refused (US Census). The share of other religions is considerably higher in Germany than in the USA, but you are right, that Christianity comes in a wealth of different flavours in the USA, something that we don't have to this extent over here.

mara mcglothin

7/11/2013 4:32:05 PM

HANS And I'll bet that when Americans are polled, you will find they represent many different religions and many different denominations within those faiths.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

7/11/2013 8:46:13 AM

Suhail Shafi, it would be a powerful confirmation of German prejudice, but … nobody noticed, not even our Islamophobes. An error of yours: At this moment, about 58% of the Germans are still members of a Christian church. In some way, you are right nonetheless: When polled, 21% of the Germans will answer, that religion is very important (Britain: 17%, France: 13%). That's quite a difference to the USA, where you will get a 50% result.

Suhail Shafi

7/10/2013 5:59:34 PM

Try not to be too surprised if the Germans go berserk over this one. Most Germans nowadays are atheists but incredibly see the presence of non Christian immigrants in their country as a threat to their supposedly Christian heritage. The very mention of God from a Turk would be offensive to them.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

7/10/2013 1:04:44 AM

Mehmet Ungrateful, about 25000. The figures were boosted a little bit in Turkish media, because the Anti-Erdoğan protest in Cologne had attracted a lot more people.

constantinos kio

7/10/2013 12:22:26 AM

my dutch friend you forgot that in this world god bless only america, in the other hand just listen to people who dont agree with you that sharia will be the future for europe and turkey , people want other future for their kids , thats why your father mooved in holand. for a better free future


7/9/2013 9:27:33 PM

Murat I agree with you that the MEB creates the national curriculum but you asked for a Turkish Law, criminal, civil or otherwise, that discriminates on the basis of religion, ethnicity or race. OK try article 3 of the family name law that bans the use of surnames belonging to foreign nations and races (both ethnicity and race covered in that one) + more which won't fit in here unfortunately
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