Turkish Prosecutor’s Office investigates a cover of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ for insults to Erdogan and France-Turkey tensions grow

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The situation between France and Turkey is currently one of escalating tensions with an uncertain future. Its origin is the publication of cartoons of Muhammad and the statements of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, that promised not to “renounce publication” of these drawings, after the beheading of a teacher who showed them during a class.

During the day on Friday, the cartoons were projected in various public buildings, unleashing a wave of criticism from countries with a Muslim majority and the call for a boycott of French goods in response to Macron’s statements.

Erdogan joined the call for a boycott of French products on Monday, citing “hostility to Islam” after questioning Macron’s “mental health”. “Hostility to Islam has become political in some European countries, supported at the highest levels, “he criticized.

Neither country shows intentions to cease hostilities. Proof of this is that the Turkish Prosecutor’s Office has announced the opening of an investigation against the French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ for understanding that may have violated the Turkish Penal Code with his last cover, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears caricatured.

Insults to the president are illegal in Turkey and the Public Ministry has decided to open an investigation in this regard, according to the official Anatolia news agency.

The notice from the Prosecutor’s Office coincided with a statement from the Turkish Presidency in French in which it also anticipated that “the necessary legal and diplomatic measures” will be adopted, understanding that it is “an abject caricature” that evidences “hostility against the Turks and Islam”.

“We urge all countries, especially France, and all leaders to take responsible and fair action against the provocations observed for some weeks,” claimed Erdogan’s office, in whose opinion the cover of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ is not if not one more step to “increase tensions”

The magazine in question, on sale since Wednesday, allegedly shows Erdogan in an armchair lifting traditional Arab clothing to a woman who is holding two glasses on a tray. Along with the drawing, you can read “Erdogan in private is a lot of fun”while the man, sporting a big mustache, says: “Oh! The prophet!”

Turkey “will not remain silent in the face of disgusting attacks on our culture and religion”

Turkish Presidency spokesman Fahrettin Altun has pointed out that the cover is a “disgusting” effort to publish “to spread their racism and cultural hatred”, before stating that the drawings “lack any real sense of human decency.”

“It is clearly the product of a xenophobic, Islamophobic and intolerant cultural environment that the French leadership seems to want for their country “, has made Altun ugly in a series of messages published on his account of the social network Twitter.

In this context, he recalled that Turkey “has made it clear” that it opposes “any act of violence against civilians and any act of terrorism in the name of Islam”, although the country “will not remain silent” in the face of “the disgusting attacks on our culture and religion, regardless of where they come from, “he warned.

“Once again, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic incitements will not be able to incite us to correspond in the same way,” he added, denying that Turkey will “bow” to “intimidation and provocations” based on a “perception of victimization”.

“These kinds of irresponsible and senseless attacks on our culture they will only generate racism and discrimination “, he reiterated, before calling on “all sensible European friends” to “fight this kind of primitive cultural racism, intellectual sterility and uncivilized speech.”

Altun has also defended the figure of Erdogan as the “most humanitarian leader in recent times” when it comes to host “millions of refugees” from around the world. “Those who have not lifted a finger to help women, children and the disabled are now targeting our leader with their obscenity,” he criticized.

The murder of Samuel Paty has shocked France, where more than 250 people have been killed in attacks by extremist Islamists During the last years. Among those killed are 12 people who worked at ‘Charlie Hebdo’, who died in an attack perpetrated in January 2015 at the offices of the weekly.

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