Turkey condemns Austria's ban on 'Grey Wolves' salute

Turkey condemns Austria's ban on 'Grey Wolves' salute

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey condemns Austrias ban on Grey Wolves salute

MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli salutes party supporters at a meeting in Ankara on Jan. 24. (Anadolu Agency)

Turkey on Feb. 14 condemned Austria's move to ban the Turkish nationalist “Grey Wolves” salute.

"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 called on Austria to "correct this mistake," saying it “deeply offends bilateral relations between Turkey and Austria."

The Grey Wolves are connected to Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

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.