Turkish president decries fatal attack on Paris magazine

Erdogan called assault on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo a 'heinous terrorist attack.'

Turkish president decries fatal attack on Paris magazine

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly condemned on Wednesday the deadly assault on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in central Paris.

In a written statement, Erdogan said "We strongly condemn the heinous terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris today that has killed 12 and injured 20 people."

The president extended his condolences to the "friend and ally" country France and said he expected the perpetrators to be brought to justice as soon as possible.

Erdogan stressed that "terrorism has no religion or nationality and no excuse can be given for it."

"It is of crucial importance that we have a common stance against terrorist attacks such as the one in Paris today. We have to take a firm stance against hate speech, intolerance to differences and attempts to present religious and cultural differences as ground for enmity," he added.

In his statement, the Turkish president maintained that Turkey will continue its fight "against all forms of terrorism with determination."

"We express our heart-felt condolences for the innocent people killed today and wish a quick recovery for the injured. We also wish patience and steadfastness for the relatives of the deceased and the injured and for the people of France," Erdogan said.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also condemned on Wednesday the deadly attack saying "Nothing can justify this kind of terror act."

"Turkey has always taken this position against terror and violent acts, no matter what its justification," Davutoglu said.

The Turkish prime minister said that these kinds of terror attacks need to be prevented in areas with already climbing cultural tension, so that these regions do not transform into conflict areas.

Davutoglu said it is necessary, now more than never, for all countries to take a collective attitude against these kinds of attacks, as well as against racism and xenophobia. This is in order to achieve a world without terror and where cultural peace and mutual respect prevail, he added.

“This terror attack cannot be linked with Islam. Any connection established between Islam and these activities is wrong,” Davutoglu said.

FM CALLS FABIUS

Meanwhile, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu phoned his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on Wednesday to his offer condolences over the deadly attack.

According to diplomatic sources, Cavusoglu said, "We were shocked like the rest of the world, our sincere condolences."

Fabius answered, "You can understand us very well as you have suffered from terrorism a lot."

Thousands of French citizens gathered at Place de La Republique, holding up pens and press cards in a symbolic act to defend "freedom of press" following Wednesday's deadly attack.

Around 5,000 people gathered in central Paris responding to calls from the France Journalists Syndicate and press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

A number of other rallies are reportedly being organized in cities across France such as Angers, Bourdeaux, Lyon and Strasbourg.

Three masked men armed with Kalashnikov automatic rifles and a rocket-launcher attacked people inside the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, killing 12 and injuring eight, five critically.

They fled the building of the magazine, which sparked controversy in 2006 and 2012 for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

No organization has taken responsibility for the attack yet, which comes at a time when cultural tensions and xenophobia have been on the rise in neighboring Germany.

More than 18,000 people took to the streets on Monday in the eastern German city of Dresden in support of a right-wing group calling itself Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. They were heard shouting anti-immigrant and anti-refugee slogans.

The rally prompted massive counter-demonstrations in a number of cities including Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg, where thousands of immigrants and Germans protested against the populist group and its copycat anti-Islam movements.

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