Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel increasingly behaves like an agent for Turkish leader Erdogan, and an enforcer of his strident calls for totalitarian control of any criticism of himself internationally.
In this clip dated April 22, the German Pirate Party leader is not actually reading a poem about Erdogan. He is talking about general criticism of the powerful, but as applied to Erdogan.
For this he is clearly arrested, at first under the guise of violating a noise ordinance, but when he offers to continue with no public address system, he is taken away.
This is doubly concerning as the European Union appears to be preparing to grant membership to Turkey, including, but not limited to, making Turkish an "official European Language".
I made some quotes [from the poem] and I was explaining it. I did not expect [an arrest]. Basically I was treated like a criminal. What is even worse, the whole demonstration was shut down, so the freedom of speech of so many people who wanted to speak was taken away.”
Kramm says he actually finds the poem too controversial, as it is “full of sexism and fascism” – views with which he does not agree. However, he also claims that in light of recent events, it’s hard to deny the Boehmermann’s accusations against the Turkish leader.
Other instances of Turkish speech control within Europe:
Ankara's consulate in Rotterdam has requested that Turkish organizations in the Netherlands report on any derogatory or defamatory statements made about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to reports by The Washington Post.
"We ask urgently for the names and written comments of people who have given derogatory, disparaging, hateful and defamatory statements against the Turkish president, Turkey and Turkish society in general," read the email according to a BBC translation.
According to the Washington Post, the email sparked an uproar in the Netherlands and the Dutch prime minister demanded an explanation.
We can only hope the Dutch people treat this as a kind of contest to see who can write the funniest and most accurate offensive poem, song or general critique.
A Dutch journalist was blocked from leaving Turkey on Sunday following her arrest on Saturday night for tweets deemed critical of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Police at the door. No joke,” wrote Ebru Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist of Turkish origin wrote on her Twitter account.
Turkey is rapidly establishing itself as another Islamic State, with democratic concepts of freedom and even of property ownership being replaced by sharia.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.
The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens.
Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old.
In fact, in the past few months, the Erdogan government has expropriated a large number of Churches across Turkey.
Here are some previous posts from The Rebel dealing with Turkey's hard turn away from Ataturk's secular modernsim and back towards a more traditional Islamic policy and geopolitics: