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Turkey: Angry Erdogan lashes out during speech by top lawyer

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Turkey: Angry Erdogan lashes out during speech by top lawyer

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In a show of anger, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan heckled the head of the country’s bar association on Saturday, May 10.

Erdogan accused Metin Feyzioglu of rudeness for being critical of the government during a speech at a judicial ceremony in Ankara.

Feyzioglu refused to stop speaking, continuing with an hour-long address.

Following several outbursts, Erdogan stood up and shouted out in anger, “You’re speaking falsehoods, how could there be such rudeness?” He then walked out before the planned conclusion of the ceremony.

Feyzioglu has called for a more independent judiciary in Turkey and questioned the government’s handling of a 2011 earthquake that killed hundreds of people in southeastern province of Van.