The motorcades in European cities after Erdogan's victory in the Turkish elections are causing outrage. The participants showed the wolf salute, the symbol of the Turkish nationalists.
The election victory of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was clearly felt in many German and other European cities. Motorcades with Turkish flags were formed. Many supporters of the president showed the so-called wolf salute, the symbol of the Turkish nationalists, also known as the Gray Wolves. Several videos of such motorcades in European cities were posted on his Twitter page by AKP MP Muhammed Fatih Toprak. Toprak had organized the election campaign of Erdogan's party abroad. "The Turkish century should begin with a great Turkish victory," Toprak writes on social media.
Rejection of pluralistic democracy
But these actions by Turkish nationalists and supporters of Erdogan after the Turkish election also caused outrage. "The motorcades are not celebrations of harmless supporters of a somewhat authoritarian politician. They are an unmistakable rejection of our pluralistic democracy and testimony to our failure among them," writes Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir on Twitter.
Berîvan Aslan (The Greens), a member of the Viennese state parliament, made a similar statement about the motorcades of Turkish nationalists after Erdogan's victory. "Benefiting from democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law - but at the same time voting for the persecution of dissenters, right-wing extremism and exclusion in Turkey testifies to a crude understanding of democracy," Aslan said on Twitter.
Erdogan supporters formed motorcades in European cities after his victory. © Felix Hörhager/dpa
Free hand for Turkish fascism and Islamism
Cansu Özdemir (Left), a member of parliament in the Hamburg parliament, also has no understanding for the celebrations of Erdogan's supporters. "On European streets, you can see again how cheerfully the fascist wolf salute was shown. " Didn't the German government intend to ban the Grey Wolves," Özdemir writes on Twitter, adding: "Turkish fascism and Islamism continue to have a free hand in Germany."
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Rejection and contempt for democratic values
Prof. Burak Copur, Turkey researcher from Essen, also shows no understanding for such actions in an interview with our editors. "The motorcades in Germany are also an expression of rejection and contempt for democratic values and norms. Politicians who, as politicians, cuddle up to Ditib and the AKP lobby organization UİD and thus make them acceptable, or who, as the city of Cologne, prevent the establishment of the Armenian genocide and thus give in to the Turkish nationalists and Islamists, need not be surprised at these Erdogan supporters on German soil who pay homage to a dictator. These are not partying folklore dancers, but worrying Turkish citizens of the Reich."
In Germany, there are around 1.5 million people who are eligible to vote in Turkey. According to preliminary final results, about 700,000 eligible voters cast their votes. Of these, 67 percent have so far gone to incumbent Erdogan and just under 33 percent to challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu (CHP).