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Turkey: Demonstrators in Istanbul rally against Macron over Islam comments02:29

Turkey: Demonstrators in Istanbul rally against Macron over Islam comments

Turkey, Istanbul
October 27, 2020 at 17:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

A group of demonstrators rallied in Istanbul on Tuesday to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron over his comments on Islam.

Protesters were heard chanting 'Down with global imperialism' and 'Racist Macron.'

"Macron, under the so-called freedom of expression, is a partner in terror and hatred by directly attacking people's beliefs and having cartoons drawn by minds shaped by hatred, hatred and terror, no matter wherever you look at them from. This is a loss of mind," said Talat Yavuz, the head of Istanbul Province's State Workers Union.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his citizens to boycott French goods over French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam, and stated that the French leader needs to undergo a "mental health check," prompting France to recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations on Saturday.

Erdogan's comment came after Macron backed the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier this month, the French president said that Islam is "a religion that is in crisis all over the world today," as he announced a bill to "strengthen" a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country.

Turkey: Demonstrators in Istanbul rally against Macron over Islam comments02:29
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A group of demonstrators rallied in Istanbul on Tuesday to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron over his comments on Islam.

Protesters were heard chanting 'Down with global imperialism' and 'Racist Macron.'

"Macron, under the so-called freedom of expression, is a partner in terror and hatred by directly attacking people's beliefs and having cartoons drawn by minds shaped by hatred, hatred and terror, no matter wherever you look at them from. This is a loss of mind," said Talat Yavuz, the head of Istanbul Province's State Workers Union.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his citizens to boycott French goods over French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam, and stated that the French leader needs to undergo a "mental health check," prompting France to recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations on Saturday.

Erdogan's comment came after Macron backed the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier this month, the French president said that Islam is "a religion that is in crisis all over the world today," as he announced a bill to "strengthen" a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country.

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