Turkey: a rapid and remorseless response from Erdogan

The Turkish president slams intellectuals and the human rights lobby for influencing debate

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Turkey: a rapid and remorseless response from Erdogan

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  • Erdogan attacks intellectuals
  • Refuses to deal with NGOs and named political parties

The Turkish government’s response to the explosion was rapid and remorseless.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech

Speaking in Ankara at a lunch for foreign ambassadors based in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his government’s position clear.

President Erdogan began by reaffirming his country’s determination to stand firm and rejecting any kind of foreign influence:

He countered arguments about human rights, claiming citizens’ security should be the priority:

Mr Erdogan insisted the restive eastern regions of Turkey owe a debt of gratitude to Ankara:

The Turkish president outlined the groups his government will not cooperate with.

He was particularly critical of the role played in the security debate by those whom he described as “intellectuals”: