A few of the updates on Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as he escalates his influence in Europe via migrant-blackmail and intimidation, stifling criticism of himself to the extent he feels possible.
Let's begin in Switzerland.
The Turkish leader officially requested that a poster containing a photo which accuses him of complicity in the death of a teenager be removed from public view within that European nation.
Turkey has demanded that a photograph, blaming the death of a Turkish child on the Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, be removed from an exhibition in Geneva. The demand bears similarities to the prosecution of German satirist Jan Böhmermann.
The Genevan authorities have confirmed that they have received a complaint from the Turkish consulate to Switzerland. Just like Germany, Swiss law contains a clause prohibiting insults towards foreign leaders.
On German TV, a well known German political philosopher, Henryk Broder, points out that the rule mentioned above, and many like it, are never applied to people like George Bush when people accuse him of murdering children and other grotesque and inaccurate slanders.
Today in Los Angeles, Armenians commemorated the 1915 genocide of Christian Armenians in Turkey while agents for the Erdogan government overflew the event with airborne signs which read "Stop Armenian Lies," with a link to a Turkish propaganda website.
Sweden's Armenians are also taking abuse from the Turks:
On April 9, Barbaros Leylani, then vice president of the Turkish National Association, raised hell with a speech at a demonstration in Stockholm, where he announced his support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Also, a number of flag-waving members of the Grey Wolves, a Turkish supremacist, far-right and neo-fascist organization, were spotted at the demonstration.
"Death to the Armenian dogs! Death! Death!" Leylani shouted, among other things, according to Göteborgs-Posten.
Not content with having actually carrying out the Armenian genocide, and then denying it, some Turks seem anxious to recreate the conditions to create another one. Sound familiar?
Meanwhile, from one of the most courageous papers on Earth:
The editor-in-chief of the daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar, was fined 28,650 Turkish Liras for “insulting” then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his son Bilal Erdoğan and seven others, a court ruled on April 25.
The court ruled that Dündar had “insulted public officials” in a series of articles on the Dec. 17-25, 2013 corruption allegations, which President Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) claim was a plot to overthrow the government.
“If revealing the truth is a crime, we will keep on committing it,” Dündar wrote on his Twitter account after the trial ended, while he read out his articles as defense, daily Cumhuriyet reported.
And here is a related short video showing some of the extent of Turkish influence in Germany via government funded, (both German and Turkish) mosques, who hire imams to preach what is likely the Erdogan form of Islam.
One Dutch (I think) cartoonist has responded to the arrest of a Dutch journalist in Turkey a few days ago with the publication of this cartoon.
No knowledge of any European language is required to get the drift of it.
This is in part, an update on this post made here at The Rebel yesterday.