Turkish FM bashes German deep state on expats rallies ban

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says German 'deep state' to blame for cancellation of the address by Turkish justice minister to expat community living in the country.

  • Date: 2017/03/03
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Turkish FM bashes German deep state on expats rallies ban

Protesters wave Turkish flags during a pro-Turkey rally German city of Cologne.

VON PRESS Middle East: Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday accused what he described as the German "deep state" of being behind the obstruction of a planned address by Ankara's justice minister to members of the local Turkish community.

On Thursday, the municipality of Gaggenau in southwest Germany revoked its permission for Bozdag's meeting, citing concerns about overcrowding. This prompted the minister to cancel his planned visit to Germany.

"Because the event is now known across the region, the city expects a large number of visitors. However, the Bad Rotenfels hall (in Gaggenau), parking lots and access road are insufficient to meet that demand," they stated.

The incident has drawn strong criticism from the Turkish government.

Speaking on Friday, Cavusoglu said the German authorities had tried to prevent such meetings before: "This has become a systematic practice of the German deep state."

"The systematic pressures on Turkish society [in Germany] do not discourage Turkish society. You can't achieve this," he added.

Cavusoglu reiterated Berlin's attitude towards Turkey revealed double standards shown by Germany and the West.

He went on to say that Germany should consider Turkey an equal partner but it had to act like an equal partner: "Turkey is not a country at your [Germany's] disposal."

Turkey was not a "second-class" country, Cavusoglu added.

"If you want to work with us you have to learn how to behave towards us," he said.

Cavusoglu also called on Germany to work together with Ankara for the good of Turkey's large community there.

After the incident Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the German ambassador, Martin Erdmann, over the cancellation.

The event in Gaggenau had been organized by the Union of European Turkish Democrats, or UETD.

Germany is home to the largest Turkish expat community in the EU, numbering around three million people.

Relations between Turkey and Germany have soured following a series of disputes since a failed coup attempt to overthrow Erdogan last year.


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