Qataris plaster Erdoğan posters on cars in thanks for Turkish support

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A man prints a poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a printing house in Doha, Qatar on June 12, 2017. People in Qatar hang posters of Tayyip Erdoğan and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to react blockade applied to Qatar. Mohamed Farag / Anadolu Agency

Qataris are protesting a blockade imposed on the Doha administration by other Gulf states by hanging posters of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on their car windows, the state run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

“Young people in particular are ordering these posters to show their gratitude to people standing together with Qatar, which is facing a blockade,” Muhammad Sıddık Al Amadi, the owner of a car accessories shop, told Anadolu, underlining that printing houses were unable to meet the huge demand.

According to the report, the posters are also being shared on social media.

Besides the posters, stickers that read “We are all Qatar, we are all Tamim,” “We would die for our country” and “You have paid the price, don’t worry, Qatar” are popular.

On June 5  Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Maldives severed relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

After the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday approved legislation allowing troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey would continue to give all sorts of support to Qatar.

Criticizing a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE that placed 59 individuals and 12 organizations — Qatar-based or funded by Qatar — on a “terror list,” Erdoğan added: “They said some foundations were established in Qatar for different purposes. That cannot happen. I know those foundations. I have never witnessed Qatar giving support to terrorism.”

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