The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Europeans in a speech given Wednesday in Ankara of the danger they court if the West does not change its behavior towards Turkey. Particularly, Ankara has blasted Europe for barring the government from directly lobbying European Turks to vote “yes” in a referendum taking place next month that would expand the powers of the office of the president.
“If you continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara.
The Agence France-Presse (AFP) ran the story, where Erdogan again made comparisons of today’s Europe to Nazi Germany, around 9:00 am. a few hours later, dozens of casualties and at least 4 dead were reported in a terror attack on London’s streets.
Four people are dead, including a police officer and an attacker, and 20 others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what officials are investigating as an act of terrorism.
The attacker also wielded a knife that he managed to use against a police officer guarding the Parliament building. The police officer was killed. A full counterterror investigation continues to be underway by officials.
The streets were not so safe in London this afternoon, just as Erdogan had warned. There is no link suspected between the attack and Turkey, but the incendiary rhetoric of President Erdogan has caught the attention of not only European Turks, many of which support Erdogan, but Western officials who have condemned the Presidents bombast. Germany has prostrated itself for the crimes of the Nazi regime many times, yet Turkey has never apologized for the genocide of the native Christian populations living on the Anatolian peninsula and in the Ottoman Empire in the early decades of the 20th century.
This negligence has been pointed out by German officials, but Erdogan seems set in his ways of attacking Europe on the grounds of “human rights” “democracy” and “freedom” while ignoring his government’s assault on freedoms back home.