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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s private secretary Hasan Doğan announced over Twitter on Tuesday that the president will be attending the pro-government rally to be held Oct. 4 in Strasbourg at 12:30 p.m. local time.
Organized by the Civilian Solidarity Platform to condemn the recent escalation of terrorist attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the “Millions of Souls, One Voice United Against Terrorism” rallies have been accused by critics of being nothing more than campaign events for Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
Chairman of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also slammed Sunday’s rally as insincere, saying that the government itself was responsible for the escalation of violence in the country and had no place condemning it.
“Those who have nourished and grown terror, who have refused the investigation of terror,” said Kılıçdaroğlu, “they seem to think the fight against terrorism is conducted with songs and ballads.”
The rallies are also an opportunity for the president to once again indirectly campaign for the AK Party. Though the Turkish constitution demands objectivity from presidents and explicitly bars them from engaging in party politics, Erdoğan has frequently sidestepped such restrictions through the use of legal loopholes, asking for votes for “a certain party he has in his heart” to avoid directly promoting the AK Party he founded, or in this case, by condemning terrorism. Hmmmm.......France better prepare for Riots in Future, wherever Erdo visits Islamism follows.Read the full story here.