Mevlut Cavusoglu accused the German Chancellor of ignoring “democracy” and “human rights” after Turkey’s attempts to hold referendum rallies aimed at ethnic Turks living in Germany were blocked.
Senior Turkish politicians have launched a series of attacks on Berlin after officials cancelled the rallies aimed at courting an estimated 1.5 million Turkish voters in Germany before the upcoming referendum.
President Erdogan accused Germany of Nazi-type behaviour after the pro-Erdogan campaign rallies were banned, in a widening European Union backlash that also includes Austria and the Netherlands.
In the latest attack on Europe, Mr Cavusoglu continued the war of words, slamming Germany at a rally in Hamburg.
Turkish officials have continued their attacks on Germany after campaign rally snubs
Please don’t attempt to give us democracy and human rights lessons
He told Turkish citizens: “You prevent us from meeting our Turkish citizens! Does this suit humanity? Does this suit democracy? Does this suit man rights? Does this suit people’s right to meet?”
After each question the raucous crowd roared: “No!”
Mr Cavusoglu continued: “Please don’t attempt to give us democracy and human rights lessons.
“Look at yourself first!”
In a separate rally in Istanbul, President Erdogan promised to “make the whole world rise up” against Germany.
“We will talk about Germany’s actions in the international arena and we will put them to shame in the world’s eyes.
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“If I want to, I will come to Germany. If you don’t let me in or if you don’t let me speak, I will make the whole world rise up.”
He added he would “humiliate Germany before the world” at future international events.
In another attack, the Turkish leader said: “Your actions are no different from what the Nazis used to do… We no longer want to see the Nazi world.
“We don’t want to see the practices of those fascist regimes.”
Their comments come after local authorities in three German towns – Gaggenau, Cologne and Freshen – prevented Turkish ministers from holding campaign rallies with Turkish expats ahead of Turkey’s constitutional referendum, on April 16.
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The towns claimed security and logistical issues were behind the cancellations, while German authorities denied any political motives behind the decision.
Reacting to the comments, Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister, said: “One thing is clear: whoever wants to speak here does so in a country that stands up for freedom.
“But in Germany, that means sticking to the rules which are: legal rules as well as of decency including an election campaign.
“I am sure that the Turkish side has the same view on this and understands that stand for the rule of law and respectful behaviour.”
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