POLITICS > ‘Turkey is the voice of the oppressed in the world,’ says PM Erdoğan

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan attend an iftar dinner at Kastamonu's stadium, in the central Black Sea region, July 19. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan attend an iftar dinner at Kastamonu's stadium, in the central Black Sea region, July 19. AA photo

Brushing aside once again criticism of his hard stance towards Egypt, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey was not meddling in any country’s internal affairs but rather was standing as the “voice of the oppressed.”

“We are the voice of our brothers, our friends, the oppressed; we are that voice opening up to the world,” Erdoğan told hundreds of supporters gathered at a fast-breaking dinner at Kastamonu, in the central Black Sea region, where he participated in the opening ceremony of a new airport. 

“When they tell us: ‘Is it left to you to take care of the oppressed of the world, tell what’s right and defend justice?’ We will remind them that our basic principle is: 'If your brother is in difficulty, you cannot be in security and stability.’ You cannot make your country prosperous by veiling your heart and your conscience,” Erdoğan said, adding that the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) policy was based on enhancing the “brotherhood” in the region. 

“We are a country that grows as it shares.”

‘Sue those who bang pots and pans’

Erdoğan slammed once again the Gezi protests, stressing that it was not a coincidence that the events took place during the month of May. He also called on his supporters to sue the neighbors who banged pots and pans in an attempt to protest the government.

“Pots and pans, these are a crime. Nobody has the right to disturb anybody else. If someone bangs pots and pans in his house; apply to the court. This has nothing to do with freedom, on the contrary this is interfering with somebody else’s freedom,” he said adding that the government constantly faced opposition when it tried to bring a solution to the terrorism issue. 

“We have faced obstacles, sabotage, provocations and attacks. We want brotherhood, but some do not,” he said.

Kastamonu’s new airport is the second airport that Erdoğan has opened in two weeks. He is set to visit the impoverished southeastern town of Şırnak next week to open another new airport in the province named after the iconic Kurdish politician Şerafettin Elçi.


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Akhtar Rasool

8/14/2013 3:15:38 AM

I have been noticing since 3 months that most of the guys, commenting over here are those who are against the prime minister just because he is truthful and having affiliation with his routes, Islam which majority of the Turks have forgotten. It is surprising to see that some Turks love to be as slave to England who brought them underground from a leadership position in the world. If you will not realize now, you will totally loose your identification and this is what England wanted & wants yet.

Chris Green

7/22/2013 11:46:25 AM

Brit: Definitely seen Turkish ladies attired as described in the TRNC even in August when it can be 60C. I am just not sure what part of Turkey they originate from.

Brit in Turkey

7/22/2013 9:59:17 AM

Chris: We see coats in the holiday areas of SW, but nothing as heavy as this and only on what seem to be Arab ladies (while their husbands wear t-shirts and shorts).

Çılgın Kanarya

7/22/2013 1:22:56 AM

Very well said BRIAN IRLANDA

Brian Irlanda

7/21/2013 8:09:47 PM

Blinding, maiming, killing Turks not a crime, attacking people with machetes. not a crime.trying to destroy a park protected by law. ..not a crime, "attackers" beating a young man to death, not a crime, raiding peoples homes and taking documents without a court order. not a crime. arresting people without charge..not a crime..Now..peaceful protesting..a crime. trying to save a legally protected park from illegal destruction..a crime, banging pots and pans, a crime. Who's the criminal?

Tarek Masud

7/21/2013 5:17:19 PM

Can, my purpose is not to please people but to tell what I believe is the truth. At present those who are behind the ouster of Morsi have no democratic principle whatsoever, so I would say they are the fascists. If you want see the Islamists as the fascists it's your choice but don't tell me whom I should consider as fascists for I can see and hear quite clearly and I know what democracy is and what is not. One doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to understand what has been going on in Egypt.

Chris Green

7/21/2013 11:38:58 AM

Çılgın Kanarya: It seems my 'pots & pans' comment might have been taken down, light-hearted though it was. As for the heavy coat, I think that there is a region of Turkey where all the women are expected to wear these huge and almost floor length heavy coats. I recall seeing such people in Turkish Cyprus too which in the summer months, must be pretty tough to bear. SW Turkey, I think...

Brit in Turkey

7/21/2013 9:51:44 AM

mara: That might be a posh outfit she is wearing - fully air conditioned.

Chris Green

7/21/2013 2:35:28 AM

Agnes: The Presidential Elections in Turkey will be held in March 2014. The next General Election is 2015.

american american

7/21/2013 12:57:31 AM

you could prove it by not oppressing your people...think about it over a glass of ayran
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