Sunday, March 5, 2017

Turkey's Erdogan Likens German Ban to Nazism; Germany Canceled Rallies Backing His Autocracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today (March 5, 2017) compared the cancellation of several rallies in Germany -- designed to spark support for a referendum in Turkey next month that could greatly increase his powers --  to Nazi practices, according to the UPI website.

"Your [Germany's]  practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past," Erdogan said today in Istanbul at a campaign for the referendum. Germany cancelled the rallies, fearing they would lead to violence.

About 1.4 million Turks living in Germany are eligible to vote in the April 16 referendum that could give Erdogan new powers by switching Turkey from a parliamentary republic to a presidential one.

Approval of the referendum would give Erdogan, among other powers,  the power to control the budget, appoint ministers and judges, and gain authority to dismiss parliament, thus making Erdogan an autocratic ruler in Turkey's government. Erdogan eliminated a free press in Turkey over a year ago.

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