Erdoğan says forcing president to drink beer, listen to Mozart is ‘utter fascism’

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits the Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel on the 947th anniversary of Victory of Malazgirt (1071 Manzikert War) in Bitlis, Turkey on August 26, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said those asking him to drink some beer or listen to prominent German composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the hope that his style of governing the country will be better are engaging in utter fascism.

The president’s remarks came at a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Tuesday. Erdoğan was responding to recent remarks from famous Turkish actor Rutkay Aziz and journalist Yılmaz Özdil.

During a TV program on opposition TV station Halk TV, Özdil said: “I am saying this with all sincerity. If Erdoğan had drunk a [bottle] of beer, there would be a better Turkey today.”

Erdoğan, an Islamist, hates the use of alcohol, which is banned in Islam, and has on many occasions attacked people who drink alcoholic beverages.

Özdil said if Erdoğan had drunk beer, he would see drinking beer is not as bad as he thinks.

As for Aziz, the actor complained about pressure on Erdoğan critics and some critical artists in Turkey during a recent interview with the Posta daily and said: “He [Erdoğan] should listen to Mozart, [German composer Ludwig van] Beethoven. Perhaps, doing this would be helpful [for him].”

Erdoğan, without mentioning Aziz and Özdil by name, said, “Forcing the president of this country, who has a known background and stance, to drink beer, listen to Mozart is utter fascism.”

Aziz responded to Erdoğan’s remarks later in the day during a phone call to Artı TV and said it looks like Erdoğan does not actually know what fascism means.

“Am I being the fascist in this case or is it Mozart?” he asked.

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  1. It is an barbarian, a tiran, a unguided rocket, a cheater with the only real “degree” of iman and a stolen or fabricated degree in economics ( look at the Turkish disaster he created) for before the university faculty even excisted you can not expect him to be a cultural person, educated and civilzed. A zealot, fanatic, tunnel view defender of a dogmatic totalitarian ideology and a patriarchal dictator by the power of an manipulated uneducated part of society who are now kicked in the but by his selfish mismanagement and coruption.