Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel took issue with Turkey’s human rights record March 18, 2016

Erdogan predicted the terrorist attacks in Brussels a week ago
Photos from the aftermath of Ankara blast
The Turkish leader demonstrated an amazing awareness of the plans of terrorists who have done everything exactly where he had predicted.

On March 18 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech on Turkish television with more than harsh statements about the European Union, stating that European countries support terrorism. He was referring to the organization of the Kurds, which Ankara accuses of numerous terrorist attacks in Turkey. The Kurds Erdogan called "the snake, warmed on the breast of Europe." Only on 22 March, after a series of explosions occurred at the airport and the metro of Brussels, the Europeans have realized that the devil lurked in the details of the statements of the Turkish leader.

"No matter how many terrorist groups in our region, they all United against Turkey, and the West and many countries do not demonstrate integrity in the fight against terrorism. The EU act lightly as if dancing in a minefield. There is no reason that exploded in Ankara a bomb exploded in Brussels. You warmed a snake, which at any moment could bite you. You will understand us, when the bombs will explode in your cities, but it will be too late," said Erdogan.

At Brussels airport today, two bombs exploded, the victims were at least 17 people, many dozens injured. Then in the underground of the Belgian capital was rocked by two explosions, killing at least 10 people.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to king Philippe and the whole Belgian people. As stated by press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, Putin "strongly condemned this barbaric crime".


Erdogan urges Europe to stop backing Kurdish rebels

Turkish president: Allowing Kurdish activists to set up tent behind EU HQ in Brussels is ‘surrendering to terror’
BY FULYA OZERKAN 
March 18, 2016, 5:18 pm



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech at a meeting of local government heads at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on March 16, 2016. (Adem Altan/AFP)


ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on European countries to stop supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), days after a bombing claimed by Kurdish rebels killed 35 people in Ankara.

Erdogan warned Europe its cities faced the kind of repeated attacks that Turkey has suffered in recent months, some of which have been claimed by Kurdish fighters and others blamed on the Islamic State group.

“Despite this clear reality, European countries are paying no attention, as if dancing in a minefield,” he said.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical Kurdish group with ties to the PKK, claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing that ripped through a busy transport hub in the capital Ankara on Sunday.

Turkish officials accuse the little-known TAK of being a front for PKK attacks on civilian targets, but the PKK, which is embroiled in a bloody conflict with the security forces in the southeast, claims the TAK is a splinter group over which it has no control.

The TAK also claimed a car bombing in Ankara last month that killed 29 people.

Erdogan’s swipe at Europe came as EU leaders met Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss a plan to curb the flow of migrants that have poured across the Mediterranean into Europe via Turkey over the past year.

He took aim at Belgium in particular for allowing the PKK to erect a tent behind the EU building in Brussels where the talks were being held.

“Be honest,” said Erdogan. “This means surrendering to terror. They have surrendered to terror.”


Kurdish people hold placards depicting Turkish leaders and reading “partner of the Islamic State group (IS)” as they take part in a protest to call for an end of the Turkish State terror in Kurdistan, during the European Union summit in Brussels on March 18, 2016. (John Thys/AFP)
‘Feeding a snake’

Anxious to cut a deal with Ankara that would see it take back all undocumented migrants landing in Greece from Turkey, European leaders have been muted in their criticism of Erdogan’s crackdown on journalists, academics and activists opposed to his policies.

But a handful of leaders, including Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, have openly taken issue with Turkey’s worsening rights record and its renewed conflict with the PKK.

Speaking at a ceremony in Canakkale to commemorate Turks killed in the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli Erdogan told Europe, where the PKK has considerable support among Kurdish exiles: “You are feeding a snake in your bosom.”

Turkey is on a knife-edge after five major bombings since July that have killed over 200 people.

The German embassy in Ankara, German consulate in Istanbul and German schools in both cities remained closed for a second day Friday following what Berlin called “very serious” indications of planned attacks, two months after 12 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack in Istanbul.

The US embassy in Ankara also issued a warning to its citizens in Turkey to exercise particular caution and avoid political gatherings ahead of Kurdish New Year celebrations at the weekend that have been a flashpoint for demonstrations in the past.

The authorities have banned large gatherings over the holiday in several cities.

On Thursday, an explosives-laden car was found parked outside a government building in the Hani district of Diyarbakir province in the mainly Kurdish southeast, security sources said.

The vehicle was defused by police bomb disposal experts.

The PKK, which is listed as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies, launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984 in search of greater autonomy for Kurds.

The conflict, which resumed last summer after a two-year ceasefire collapsed, has claimed some 40,000 lives.

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