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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier today harshly criticized the professors of the students who protested against him at the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus on Dec. 18. 

"What a shame! Shame on the professors who raised those students. Instructors first have to teach their students how to be respectful. We were also students once but never resorted to violence. Those students burned car tires, threw stones and sticks, but you can never see someone criticizing them and their attitude. Is violence and terror a protest? Is this how it has to be?" he said during a speech at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) general assembly in the capital of Ankara.

Erdoğan has also commented once more on the principle of separation of powers. This time, he targeted the opposition and media. 

"It is an old sickness of the opposition and media to take one phrase from the whole statement and write scenarios in it. The main opposition party leader [Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu] tries to give us an introduction to political science lesson, but he could never pass it himself. He fails all the time. We know the principle of separation of powers very well, as it should be in a democracy. But they defended the unity of powers until the multi-party period. Since the 1960 coup, what they have understood from this principle is the separation in the army as Air Force, Navy and Land Forces," Erdoğan said. 

"We have a problem with the media. It is their mission to announce good things to my people. This is what I want. But tomorrow you'll see headlines saying the prime minister slammed the media," he added.

December/22/2012

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Vargen Vargen

12/23/2012 6:43:15 PM

"We have a problem with the media. It is their mission to announce good things to my people. This is what I want." RTE says. I would say that the number one role of media in a free open democracy is to be the watch dog. THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE OF MEDIA IS TO CONSTANTLY WATCH THE STATE AND GOVERNMENT AND TO REPORT ALL WRONG DOINGS TO THE PEOPLE. Only then will be people be informed and only then will democracy work. Media is not a propaganda tool for the Government.

Murat

12/23/2012 6:28:33 PM

The man is so confused. Can not tell the difference between a school, a university and a medrese. Count your blessings he did not advocate "falaka" in schools.

nyob nyobb

12/23/2012 6:18:04 PM

"my people". The PM is getting imperial. He should read The Emperor’s New Clothes...

Çılgın Kanarya

12/23/2012 3:41:37 PM

"We have a poblem with the media. It is their mission to announce good things to my people" ... Well if you work for the North Korean state broadcaster or newspaper, then yes, this is your mission as a 'journalist'. But in a modern democracy like Turkey (ha ha), surely the media's fundamental mission should be to report on what is happening in sociey and the world, regardless of whether the reported events are positive or negative in the eyes of the ruling party. I despair, I really do.

jeffrey Jeffrey

12/23/2012 2:06:06 PM

Erdogan has no respect of parliament or secularism or anything that lies outside his narrow spectrum of views. As a judge once told him when he took a cartoonist to court, for a guy who spent time in prison for his written views, he should have mmore respect for other views. A good start would be the release of the massive number of journalists and others being held in prison.

Clay Cosby

12/23/2012 12:07:34 PM

I live in the United States. As an American, I believe that if you want to live in a free society you must stand up and fight for it! I think that the students and the professors are doing the right thing by standing up! The international community is watching closely.

Nikos T.

12/23/2012 10:15:57 AM

I think the shame is on Turks that tolerate this guy.

Rimon Tree

12/23/2012 9:30:29 AM

Instead: Shame on PM and his AKP conspirators!

Ryan James

12/23/2012 3:45:22 AM

Bizarre twisting of facts.

mara mcglothin

12/23/2012 12:54:30 AM

TWO SIDES You said pathetic and childish, BUT you forgot backward a bullish. How is it that the leader of a country has time to get involved in these kinds of comments. I am so tired of hearing about "respect" and "insult" etc coming from Turkish politicians.
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