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    Turkish President Calls to Strip ‘Terrorism Supporters’ of Citizenship

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    The Turkish president calls for stripping "terrorist supporters" of citizenship.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for a debate on whether those who Ankara deems "terrorist supporters" should be stripped of Turkish citizenship, local media reported.

    "We should consider all measures against supporters of terrorism, including stripping them of their citizenship," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Daily Sabah newspaper.

    The Turkish government has stepped up anti-terror efforts in the wake of suicide bombings that rocked its capital Ankara earlier this year. The attacks were claimed by pro-Kurdish militants in response to Turkey’s shelling of Kurdish positions in Syria.

    Erdogan also brought up the issue of removing parliamentary immunity of members of the pro-Kurdish and pro-minority Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which he said "should be taken care of immediately," according to the outlet.

    Ankara previously controversially labelled government critics as supporters of terrorism. In January, several academics were held for allegedly engaging in terrorism propaganda after they condemned the ongoing operation in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast that has killed over a hundred of civilians since August.


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