Turkey protests German ban on Erdogan speech

Ankara—Turkey on Monday slammed a German court decision that prevented President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a demonstration in Germany denouncing Turkey’s failed July 15 coup, and summoned a German diplomat in protest.
The German Embassy’s charge d’affaires was due at the ministry on Monday to discuss the issue, an official said, as the attempted coup continued to strain Turkey’s relations with allies.
European officials have expressed concern at the scope of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, while Ankara has accused European nations of not standing firmly in solidarity with Turkey against the coup bid it says was masterminded by US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey has accused the United States of harboring Gulen, who has denied any knowledge of the attempt to overthrow the government.
The US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, was to meet Monday with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara for talks.
A small protest against the visit was held near the US Embassy in Ankara, with demonstrators holding up placards reading “Dunford go home, send us Fethullhah,” and “Get out coup plotter Dunford.”
In the German city of Cologne Sunday, an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people attended the rally to denounce the abortive coup and show support for Erdogan. A regional court ruled, however, that no messages from speakers elsewhere – such as politicians in Turkey – could be shown on a video screen at the rally. Organizers instead read out a message from Erdogan thanking people with Turkish origins in Germany for their moral support during the coup attempt.—Agencies

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