Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced the " massacres " committed by the Hindus against Muslims in India, where inter-community violence has killed 33 people in New Delhi in recent days.
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“ Today, India has become a country where massacres are spreading. What massacres? The massacres of Muslims, and they are committed by Hindus, "Erdogan, who poses as an advocate for Muslims around the world, said in an address to Ankara. “ They beat students in class with metal bars and batons as if to kill. How can these people contribute to world peace? It's impossible. When it comes to speeches, they say 'we are strong' because they have a large population. But that’s not strength, ”he added.
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Clashes between supporters and opponents of a controversial citizenship law in India, deemed discriminatory against Muslims by its detractors, have escalated in recent days into community clashes between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi. In numerous incidents reported by the Indian press, Hindu armed groups attacked places and people identified as Muslim, with the cry of the religious slogan " Jai Shri Ram " (" Praise be to the god Ram ").
Two hospitals in the area reported on Wednesday evening a cumulative toll of 27 dead in the violence. More than 200 people were injured, a substantial portion of the patients suffering from bullet wounds. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been confronted since December with a broad protest movement against new legislation which facilitates the granting of Indian citizenship to refugees, provided that they are not Muslims. This text crystallized the fears of the Muslim minority to be relegated to the rank of second class citizens, in this nation where Hindus represent 80% of the population.
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