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    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a labor union meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.

    Erdogan 'Abhors' Intelligentsia as 'Heartless and Despicable People'

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    Turkey’s president lambasted members of the academic community, including teachers and professors, who called for an end to the violence in the Kurdish southeast.

    After repressing and imprisoning academics who sought an end to the ongoing violence in the southeastern region of Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a vocal broadside against them in a speech to hundreds of regional mukhtars at his palace residence on Wednesday.

    ​Erdogan accused academics of offering vocal political support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over a period of many years. Castigating the academics verbally as ‘intelligentsia,’ the leader accused them of being immoral because they publicly labeled his so-called security operation against Kurds as a ‘massacre.’

    ​“For years, they had been making propaganda for the separatist terrorist organization in an indirect way. This time, with this statement they signed, they did it openly,” Erdogan said.

    ​The politically embattled president stated that politicians and intellectuals expressing opposition to his government for its brutal actions against the Kurds were ‘heartless and despicable people.’

    “Let me say this clearly: I abhor this mentality that gives academic or political fatwa (decree) to the terrorist organization to attack public officials while merely saying ‘they should not do it’ in response to the killing of civilians,” Erdogan exclaimed.

    ​Last week, Turkish authorities detained 18 academics after over 1,400 scholars from 89 universities signed a petition urging the government to “stop the massacre and deportation” of Kurds in the southeast of the country. The arrested teachers were accused of ‘terrorist propaganda,’ in a move which human rights groups and intellectuals around the world quickly condemned.

    ​The academic community responded with a new, more forceful petition, Sputnik Turkey has reported.


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      Erdogan accused academics of offering vocal political support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over a period of many years. Castigating the academics verbally as ‘intelligentsia,’ the leader accused them of being immoral because they publicly labeled his so-called security operation against Kurds as a ‘massacre.’

      "They [the Erdogan government] call it a "presidential form of government," but in fact it's pure dictatorship. The Turkish government wants to formally introduce the dictatorial form of government in the country,"

      "It's one thing to accuse me of being a dictator, and quite another to prove it. Oops! I guess I just put my foot into it!" Signed Recetayyipyip Erdogan
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      He has no soul, who is he to talk?
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      One of the dumbest leaders I've seen (just slightly ahead of Bush) dares to go against the most educated and knowledgeable people of his country just to preserve own madness. LOL He is pathetic.
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      vendor, As I read this insanity...and btw, I agree with you...all I hear in my head is Metallica's, For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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      Huh?, mate, Metallica and Gollum in the same sentence? What a blasphemy, utter sacrilege, ... (the) Unforgiven! :)
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      vendor, Wow...what a terrible connection...forgot about the whole Gollum look alike. OK...how about Unforgiven...followed by Somewhere Over the Rainbow...then finishing with SlipKnots Psychosocial?

      Maybe that's too much..let's go with ABBA's Dancing Queen.
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      Huh?, Gollum needs to be tied to a chair and instead of water boarding he should be forced to listen to the Kurdish folk music sang in Kurdish, day and night. :)
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      Well if that's what he thinks of them then what he must think of himself would be awful in comparison.
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      vendor, I think given all the machismo and arrogance...something a little more subdued. How about a nice leather ensemble...with assless chaps, while carrying the rainbow flag in an LBGT parade shown on global TV and has to blow kisses to the crowd and state how much he likes wearing feathers and sequins.
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      vendorin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
      Huh?, for a clown of his calibre I think we can settle on that :)
    • Huh?in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, haha...YIKES...I even scare myself with that image...maybe he could be holding hands with Poroshenko.
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