15 thoughts on “Trump administration’s corrupt connection with Turkish regime

  1. Wednesday 17th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKEY’S Kemalist opposition urged the United States to press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on democracy yesterday after the latest media arrest.

    Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Sezgin Tanrikulu spoke out ahead of Mr Erdogan’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday.

    He pointed to the crackdown by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government on the CHP and pro-Kurdish HDP since last summer’s failed military coup.

    “Turkey is under a state of emergency since then, during which human rights have been trampled on,” Mr Tanrikulu said.

    “The media and press freedoms have been placed under government control. Torture and ill-treatment have increased.”

    On Monday night the editor of pro-CHP newspaper Cumhuriyet’s online edition Oguz Guven was arrested for allegedly spreading “terrorist propaganda.”

    That was after the newspaper’s Twitter account wrote that prosecutor Mustafa Alper, who died in a traffic accident last week, was “mown down” by a lorry.

    The comment, seen as distasteful, was deleted 55 seconds after it was posted.

    Former Cumhurriyet editor Can Dundar is now living in exile in Germany after his conviction last year for revealing state secrets after he published photos of Turkish intelligence officers smuggling arms to extremists in Syria.

    The White House meeting was expected to focus on the war in Syria.

    The US angered Turkey last week by announcing arms supplies to Syria’s Kurdish YPG militia — which Turkey sees as allies of Turkey’s banned Kurdish organisation the PKK — to fight Isis.

    Yesterday Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called that “unacceptable” and threatened to “root out terror” if Washington did not give guarantees the arms would not end up in PKK hands.



  2. Saturday 20th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    HUNDREDS were expected at the Turkish embassy in London last night for an emergency protest following violent attacks against Kurds by Turkish security forces outside its Washington embassy.

    The demonstration was called by the British-based Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign following shocking scenes that appeared to show the bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan violently attacking peaceful protesters.

    About two dozen protesters had shown up outside the Turkish embassy in Washington on Tuesday, a few hours after Mr Erdogan met with US President Donald Trump at the White House.

    The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign claimed that men and women were repeatedly kicked while on the floor and said others were chased and attacked, fearing for their lives. Nine people were left hospitalised after the attacks.

    A spokesman for the group said: “These attacks have shown that the war on the Kurds is not limited to Kurdistan.

    “We are calling for an emergency demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in London to highlight global opposition to Erdogan’s regime. “From Washington to Kurdistan, stop violence against the Kurds.”



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