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Turkey summons German ambassador over rally cancellations

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According to the DW, the Turkish government summoned Germany’s ambassador to protest the cancellation of rallies in the country in support of President Erdogan in the latest spat between the two countries.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Germany’s ambassador on Thursday to express the government’s disapproval after the southern German town of Gaggenau canceled a referendum campaign event, state media reported.

OUR DISCOMFORT AND OUR REACTION TO THESE DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN COMMUNİCATED IN PERSON

“Our discomfort and our reaction to these developments have been communicated in person to the German ambassador who was summoned this evening to the (foreign) ministry,” a senior Turkish official told news agency AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag had been expected to call on Turkish voters living in Germany to back constitutional reforms that would expand the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bozdag called the city’s decision “unacceptable” and canceled a planned meeting with German Justice Minister Heiko Maas in Karlsruhe in protest.

HOW CAN WE SPEAK OF DEMOCRACY IN A COUNTRY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW ONE MEETING?

“How can we speak of democracy in a country that does not allow one meeting to take place?” the justice minister told Turkish reporters during a visit to France.

Germany’s Left Party and the populist, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) praised the Gaggenau decision, urging Berlin to take a stronger stance against Turkish officials campaigning in Germany.

Not enough space

The small, southwestern German town of Gaggenau withdrew permission for the event earlier on Thursday, saying that the hall where the rally was supposed to take place was too small to accomodate the expected crowd.

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