March 12, 2020
President Erdogan of Turkey said that there is “no difference” between Greek forces trying to protect the nation’s border and the Nazis.
The Islamist leader ramped up the rhetoric in the ongoing dispute with Turkey and the European Union as tens of thousands of asylum seekers attempt to flood into the bloc through the Greek border. Mr Erdogan accused Greek forces of acting like “barbarians” and “fascists”.
“There is no difference between what the Nazis did and the images we are seeing from the Greek border,” Erdogan said of Greek border guards using tear gas to prevent migrants storming through border barriers, according to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.
The slur against Greece is notable, as some 300,000 people were killed during the 1941 Nazi occupation of the country, which near-wiped out Greece’s Jewish population.
The comments from Mr Erdogan came in the wake of a heated summit in Brussels, in which the Islamist leader walked out of a meeting with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel after the two sides failed to come to an agreement on the terms of the 2016 deal on migration.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:59 am