World Bulletin / News Desk
Their masks fallen, the actors who use terrorist organizations as tools have put themselves out into the open, Turkey’s president said Sunday.
"Recent events in Europe show that the struggle against our country and our cause has entered a new phase,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul, speaking to the Knowledge Dissemination Foundation (Ilim Yayma Vakfi) and Turkish tradesmen.
Erdogan spoke amid disputes with European countries over their refusal to allow Turkish government ministers to hold public rallies ahead of Turkey’s April 16 referendum. One of those countries, Germany, added fuel to the fire Saturday by allowing marches by the terrorist PKK, Turkish officials have charged.
Erdogan argued, “Those who have been trying to pressure us using their tools, the terrorist groups they armed and patted on the back, and the agents they bought for a dollar, have put themselves out in the open.
“The masked ball is over.”
On those who urge Turkey “to speak softly but carry a big stick,” Erdogan said “those days are over.
“We won’t allow even a single one of our citizens to suffer any harm. Any country that tries to do so will face the consequences.”
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, the U.S., and the EU. In its over three-decade terror campaign against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed.
Since the group resumed its armed campaign in July 2015, more than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives.
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