President Erdoğan says he does not care about being called dictator

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the late founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during a ceremony marking the 93rd Anniversary of Republic Day in Ankara on October 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he does not care about being portrayed as a dictator in the Western press in the wake of the latest government crackdown on an opposition newspaper and a pro-Kurdish party in Turkey.

“They [the Western press] will make caricatures of us with pressure in newspapers, but we will not take a step back. They should make no efforts in vain; we know who they are. They call me a dictator, but I don’t care. It goes in one ear, out the other,” Erdoğan said in a speech at Sağlık Bilimleri University in İstanbul on Sunday.

His remarks came in response to a major story in the German Bild newspaper on Saturday that called Erdoğan a dictator. The daily was quoting remarks from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu who gave an interview to the daily.

Turkey attracted widespread criticism last week from the EU and the US due to its crackdown on the Cumhuriyet daily, an opposition newspaper, and the second largest opposition party in the country, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which resulted in the arrest of many journalists and HDP politicians including the party’s co-chairs.

Turkey arrested the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet and eight staff members from the daily on Saturday, while  HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ were arrested along with seven other Kurdish deputies on Friday.

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  1. Slowly, your Ottoman mischief and fantasies are eroding around you Erdogan. You are not royalty nor are you a self made sultan. You have compromised an entire nation over your childish whims. Worse of all, you don’t know how to play nice. Sir, you cannot force your will on others who know where you came from. Meager surroundings, perhaps! While there is nothing to be ashamed of, you have taken to politics as a way out of your financial misery. Ill gotten finances come in one hand and leave out the other. The international community is aware that you are protecting your ill gotten gains with the arrest of innocent victims. Zarrab’s case is fast approaching and what will you do next? You have no where to hide. You see, we live in a interdependent globalist society where every movement is tracked on our PCs and phones. Every shady transaction that you, your family and associates have committed have been logged and encrypted on international servers. There is no way of getting around your transgressions. Stop blaming Mr. Gulen, Hizmet and the journalist who are doing there jobs. They were not there, when you were making shady business deals with ISIS and Zarrab. You deliberately become a dictator to protect yourself and family from the inevitable.

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