The Turkish power struggle for the presidency is in full swing. Here, too, incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan (69) wants to win over as many of the 1.5 million German Turks who are eligible to vote for himself and his party.
Erdogan election posters in Nuremberg are now causing a stir. To see: A smiling Erdogan, garnished with the words “Doğru Zaman, Doğru Adam”. Means in German: “The right time, the right man”.
Posters were posted in several districts of Nuremberg, including St. Peter, where many people with a Turkish migration background live. But posters of Erdogan’s AKP party are also hanging in the immediate vicinity of the main train station.
The city of Nuremberg explains: “Due to the election campaign, 25 posters outside the old town were approved as part of a special use from April 22nd to May 5th.”
According to the Green MP in the Bavarian state parliament, Cemal Bozoglu (62), the AKP posters were taken down over the course of Sunday, but it is not clear whether this was due to the city withdrawing its approval.
Nevertheless, the question remains: election posters in Germany for the Turkey election? Even for local elections, there are extremely strict conditions.
The photos of the posters caused outrage on Twitter. The human rights activist and lecturer at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) and human rights activist Volker Beck (62) wrote: “Who allows something like that?”
Because: Erdogan is u. a. known for having opponents persecuted and suppressed. Again and again, government critics in Turkey are imprisoned without a trial.
Experts have been warning for years that Turkey is becoming increasingly undemocratic and developing into a personal regime of Erdoğan.
“Turkish election campaign arrived on Germany’s streets”
Volker Beck to BILD: “In 2017, the German Minister of the Interior promised that there was no such thing. Now it is happening. Turkish election campaign has no place on our streets. Turkish parties do not enjoy party privileges in Germany.”
Beck continues: Now the public space is “made available for the posters of a declared enemy of enlightenment, minority rights and women’s rights.”
“The fact that the city of Nuremberg unilaterally allows 25 posters for the autocrat Erdogan and the AKP as part of a special use knocks the bottom out of the barrel. With that, the Turkish election campaign has arrived on the streets of Germany.”
An absurdity for Beck. “German politics must finally wake up: Erdogan and AKP are anti-democrats. Anyone who supports them also poisons the political climate in Germany.”
“Erdogan and the AKP are already using the mosques of DITIB and Milli Görüs all over the country as campaign machines and abusing their rights as religious communities for their political purposes,” Beck said clearly.
Everything is at stake for Erdogan at the moment: The polls predict a neck-and-neck race or even a victory for his challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu (74). In addition: Erdogan is currently struggling with health problems and has already had to cancel campaign dates.
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