Spanish police arrest Turkish writer who recognizes Armenian Genocide

Camille Rivera
August 20, 2017

Germany's Christian Democrats and Social Democratic Party - the two ruling parties - as well as the Greens "are all enemies of Turkey", Erdogan said Friday in televised remarks directed at about 1 million German voters of Turkish origin.

"I call on them [Turks in Germany] not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey", Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul. He added that this was now a matter of pride and that they should instead vote for political parties that didn't oppose Turkey.

Turkey has slammed Germany for refusing to confirm whether the country is harbouring the man suspected of organising the 15 July coup attempt past year.

On Saturday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Germany had refused to answer a diplomatic note issued during the week inquiring whether Oksuz was in the country. Erdogan, an authoritarian leader whose roots are in political Islam, has accused Germany of anti-Turkish and anti-Muslim sentiment. Özedemir has always been a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan, especially since last year's failed coup attempt in Turkey and the president's authoritarian crackdown in response to it.

Erdogan advised the German foreign Minister "know their place".

"Teach them a lesson in the German elections", he said. Gulen has denied the accusations.

Erdogan has been increasingly critical of Germany ever since Berlin blocked him from holding campaign rallies in the country ahead of a referendum vote that granted more power to the Turkish president.

Germans go to the polls on September 24th for elections where Merkel is running for a fourth term.

Tensions increased after the abortive coup attempt against Mr Erdogan in July 2016, in which at least 240 people died.

The German affiliate of PEN, the writers association, said it believes the arrest warrant is politically motivated, citing his writings about the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915.

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