Armenians, Journalists, and Gays Are ‘Representatives of Sedition,’ Erdogan Says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses citizens in the Turkish province of Bingöl. June 3, 2015. (Photo: Anatolia Agency)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses citizens in the Turkish province of Bingöl. June 3, 2015. (Photo: Anatolia Agency)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses citizens in the Turkish province of Bingöl. June 3, 2015. (Photo: Anatolia Agency)

BINGOL, Turkey (Hurriyet Daily News)—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has continued his salvoes against a number of minorities, including Armenians and members of the LGBT community ahead of the June 7 general elections, accusing them of supporting the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

“Their biggest ally is Dogan Media. The Armenian lobby, homosexuals and those who believe in ‘Alevism without Ali’ – all these representatives of sedition are [the HDP’s] benefactors,” Erdogan said during an address to citizens in the eastern province of Bingöl on June 3.

Speculation over whether the HDP, which focuses on the Kurdish issue, will be able to pass the 10 percent national election threshold is the key question that will determine how many seats the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wins in parliament.

On June 3, the Turkish president also repeated his ever-toughening rhetoric against international media. “They also received the support of some foreign media outlets, which see Turkey as their colony,” he said.

Without mentioning the name of the AKP, which he co-founded, Erdogan said that “everyone should go and vote for the party he or she likes.”

In recent days for different reasons, Erdogan has slammed several media institutions including the daily Hurriyet, which is owned by the Dogan Media Group, daily Cumhuriyet, the New York Times, CNN International and the BBC.

Erdogan has made slights against Armenians on several occasions in the past, including last year, when he raged against opposition politicians for calling him an Armenian. “They called me a Georgian. Pardon me for saying this, but they said even uglier things: They called me an Armenian!” Erdogan said in an interview on national TV in August 2014.

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6 Comments

  1. Armogirl said:

    That’s unfair! So many Armenians voted for him during the elections in Turkey.

  2. Raffi said:

    For sure he can’t be Armenian, Armenians have roots, have Histrory, have known Fathers and Mothers, they are not Bastards with NO Knowledgeable origin.

  3. Sylva~MD~Poetry said:

    Please … I beg you you
    Don’t put this man’s photo on our sacred site…
    Please… Please… Please…
    No Armenian wants to see his Bulging Eyes … Even honest Turks…
    What he wants from us…?!?!?
    We gave him and Turks everything …
    Now all the world knows that
    Even the beduins of the Arabian deserts …
    Those…who found starved Armenian orphans
    Searching food in the sands…
    They Genocided 1.5 million Innocent Lives
    Confiscated every thing from us –– From pen till ink,
    Raped our beautiful, dedicated girls …
    Calling them Turkish mothers…
    Changing their bad DNA…s
    To be beautiful… cleverer…

    Still they continue to
    Lie… lie… lie
    Deny… deny… deny…

    WE HAD ENOUGH

    Thus, stop bringing this man’s face on our Sacred Sites…

    Sylva~MD~Poetry
    June 4, 2015

  4. Hagop Kassabian said:

    Blame the USA and the UK for creating such a megalomaniac. And they want us to to start a friendship with this monster.

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