More than 10,000 Turks converged from around Europe to welcome Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an at a campaign rally in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where they cheered “Allahu Akbar” and hailed “Sultan Erdo?an” ahead of national elections in June.
Erdo?an urged Turks to not only show their support for him when they cast votes next month, but to also get more involved in European politics.
“I have one request from you, take an active role in the political parties in the countries you live,” Erdo?an said. “You should take a place in those parliaments.”
“Are you ready to demonstrate to the whole world the strength of European Turks?” he continued. “The European countries that claim to be the cradles of democracy have failed.”
Erdo?an also demanded that attendees, who were reportedly bused in from around Europe, maintain ideological adherence to their Turkish-Islamic heritage.
“Protect your religion and language well,” he said. “If you lose it, you are lost.”
Similar statements from European leaders, such as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, have drawn accusations of ‘neo-fascism’ and ‘dangerous populism’ from the mainstream media and EU establishment.
Just weeks ago, Turkey’s foreign minister called upon European governments to ‘criminalize Islamophobia,’ asserting that politicians like Orbán are “increasingly engaging in extremist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and Islamophobic rhetoric to get a few more votes.”
While Erdo?an has been banned from electioneering in many EU member states, he was welcomed in nearby Bosnia and Herzegovina, a non-EU nation where Muslims comprise roughly half of the population.
When European governments pushed back against Turkish politicians campaigning on foreign soil, Erdo?an threatened retribution, saying, “If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. Europe will be damaged by this.”
There are approximately 3 million Turks living in Europe who can vote in Turkish elections, 1.4 million of whom reside in Germany alone.
Turkey’s ruling AKP party announced plans to send checks to more than 12 million potential voters a week before they head to the polls in a scheme that many are calling “election bribes.”
Infowars founder and chief, Alex Jones, recently detailed the vulnerability of European parliamentary systems to subversive minority factions, explaining how Islamists are already exploiting those loopholes by voting cohesively and steadily expanding their influence through coalitions with left-wing parties.
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