Westerners want ‘crusade’ again: Erdogan slams France
Published: 02:44 PM, 29 October 2020
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the western countries is trying to resume “The Crusades” by mocking Islam.
Erdogan made the remarks in a speech to lawmakers from his own party, AK Party, in the parliament on Wednesday.
“It is a matter of great honor for us to stand up against the insult to the Prophet (SAW),” he said, warned that Ankara could fall into a long-term stalemate.
A teacher recently showed a caricature of the Prophet (SAW) to students at a school in Paris, France. In the incident, a Muslim of Chechens descent stabbed the teacher to death. The assailant was later killed in a police operation.
“France will not withdraw the cartoon,” French President Emmanuel Macron said about the caricature. His remarks were sharply criticized by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He also called on the Muslim world to boycott French products.
In response, France’s satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo published a caricature, insulting Erdogan on Tuesday.
Regarding his own caricature published in Charlie Hebdo, the Turkish president said, “I have not seen that caricature yet. Because I think it’s wrong to look at this immoral publication.”
“I am angrier at the insult to the Prophet (SAW) than the heinous attack on me,” Erdogan added.