Erdogan demands compensation from the leader of the main opposition party

Erdogan demands compensation from the leader of the main opposition party

Ankara, January 19, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

Kilicdaroglu called Erdogan a Dictator

The political tension in Turkey is raising dangerously high, with political analysts estimating that the tension can increase further, after a statement of the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who described the Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdoğan as “dictator”.

The reaction of Erdogan was immediate, claiming through his lawyers a compensation of 35,000 euro. At the same time, the prosecutor of Ankara ordered a preliminary investigation on charges of “insulting the country’s president”.

The climate in Turkey was already tense after the arrests of the 16 Turkish professors in recent days, for signing a declaration that accuses the Turkish government for using incommensurate force against the Kurds in Southeastern Turkey. To date, the Declaration has been signed by about 2000 Turkish academics and many of their foreign colleagues.

The government accuses the academics, because the Declaration does not condemn the action of the PKK and only blames the security forces. Erdoğan described the declaration act as a betrayal.