Jun 10 2016
Turkish members of German Parliament who voted for bill declaring the Ottoman Turkish 1915 massacre of Armenians a “genocide” condemned by Turkish government
German MPs of Turkish descent who backed the ‘genocide’ resolution have been subjected to a stinging social media campaign with death threats reported and at least one of them receiving police protection.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said these MPs had “tainted blood” that should be tested in a laboratory, triggering outrage from the Bundestag’s Speaker Norbert Lammert.
EuroNews Erdogan has been rebuked by Germany’s lower house of parliament for his harsh condemnation of members of Turkish origin who voted to declare the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a “genocide.”
“I wouldn’t have thought it possible that in the 21st century, a democratically elected president would link his criticism of democratically elected lawmakers in the German Bundestag to doubts about their Turkish descent and describe their blood as tainted,” he told deputies.