Turkey slammed French weekly journal Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday for publishing “loathsome so-called caricatures” purportedly of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Charlie Hebdo simply revealed a collection of so-called cartoons stuffed with despicable photos purportedly of our President. We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to unfold its cultural racism and hatred,” Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun stated on Twitter.
“The so-called caricatures are loathsome and they’re devoid of any actual sense of human decency. It’s clearly the product of a xenophobic, Islamophobic and illiberal cultural atmosphere the French management appears to need for their nation,” Altun stated.
While underscoring Turkey’s place of being against any violence and acts of terrorism in opposition to civilians, he stated: “We won’t stay silent within the face of disgusting assaults on our tradition and faith irrespective of the place it comes from.”
“The racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic incitements will be unable to impress us into reciprocating in variety. We refuse to bow right down to your intimidation and provocations primarily based in your perceived victimhood,” he added.
“We name on all smart European buddies to battle again in opposition to this type of primitive cultural racism, mental barrenness and uncivilized discourse.”
Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French satirical journal notorious for publishing anti-Islamic caricatures has drawn widespread anger and outrage throughout the Muslim world.
Earlier this 12 months, it republished cartoons insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad. The caricatures have been first revealed in 2006 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sparking a wave of protests.