- 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:
#istanbul: “Some criticise us, saying it is against human rights. But our people's rights are being violated by terrorist organisations”— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) January 12, 2016
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”:
“We will not deal with NGOs, the HDP, the PKK, their supporters. We will fight until the last terrorist falls and will not ask permission.”— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) January 12, 2016
#istanbul: “On the one side you have the rightful government, on the other you have those with guns and bombs. And intellectuals.”— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) January 12, 2016