sábado, 18 de março de 2017

Erdogan apela aos turcos da diáspora na Europa para terem cinco filhos

Erdogan apela aos turcos da diáspora na Europa para terem cinco filhos
Lusa 17 Mar, 2017, 15:52 / atualizado em 17 Mar, 2017, 16:49 | Mundo

O presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apelou hoje aos turcos da diáspora na Europa para formarem famílias com pelo menos cinco filhos, considerando que seria "a melhor resposta" face "às injustiças" que enfrentam.

"Educai os vossos filhos nas melhores escolas, assegurai-vos que as vossas famílias vivam nos melhores bairros, conduzam os melhores automóveis, vivam nas melhores casas e façam cinco filhos, e não apenas três. Porque vocês são o futuro da Europa", declarou Erdogan, num discurso em Eskisehir, sul de Istambul.

Erdogan emitiu estas declarações no decurso de um comício de campanha para o referendo constitucional de 16 de abril destinado a reforçar os poderes presidenciais.

"Esta será a melhor resposta às injustiças contra vós", acrescentou.

Erdogan tem vindo a denunciar sistematicamente as discriminações de que, na sua perspetiva, são vítimas os turcos, e de forma geral os muçulmanos, na Europa, desde o início de uma crise diplomática com diversos países europeus, em particular a Alemanha e Holanda, após a proibição imposta a ministros turcos de participarem em comícios no âmbito do referendo de abril.

A diáspora turca da Europa inclui milhões de pessoas, e cerca de 2,5 milhões têm direito de voto nos escrutínios turcos.

O presidente turco, pai de quatro filhos, tinha já exortado em 2016 as mulheres turcas a terem pelo menos três filhos, suscitando críticas dos militantes pelos direitos das mulheres.

Erdogan calls on Turkish families in Europe to have five children to protect against 'injustices'
Raf Sanchez, eskişehir
17 MARCH 2017 • 6:34PM

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on Turkey’s citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer to the EU’s “vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice”.

Nearly a week after a diplomatic row between erupted between Holland and Turkey, Mr Erdoğan continued what has become a daily ritual of hurling fresh antagonism towards Europe in front of cheering crowds of his conservative supporters.

Speaking in the central city of Eskişehir, Turkey’s president urged “his brothers and sisters in Europe” to begin a baby boom in their new countries. “Have not just three but five children,” he told his flag-waving audience.
“The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses.”

The message was addressed to the 1.4 million Turkish voters who live in Germany, as well as the large Turkish populations in Holland, Austria, Bulgaria and the UK.

Watch | Tensions rise between Turkey and the Netherlands
Mr Erdoğan is in the midst of a closely-fought referendum campaign in which he is asking voters to grant him sweeping new powers that would potentially let him stay in office until 2029.

He appears to have decided that the diplomatic confrontation with Europe will help rally his base and found news ways to stoke the argument each day, from calling the Dutch government “Nazi remnants” to accusing Germany of harbouring terrorists.

His rhetoric has been amplified by the Turkish media, which is mostly supportive of the government.

The tabloid newspaper Güneş ran a front page cartoon of German chancellor Angela Merkel dressed in a Nazi uniform with the headline “Lady Hitler” on Friday, while Takvim republished a photograph of a Turkish man in Rotterdam being bitten by a Dutch police dog.

There are not yet any reliable polls ahead of the April 16 referendum, making it difficult to gauge whether his strategy of amplifying the confrontation with Europe is working.

But speaking in the snowy street of Eskişehir, his supporters said they were enraged by the treatment of Holland and other European countries which have stopped Turkish ministers from holding Yes vote rallies in their territory.

“The EU has lost us and they have lost big time,” said Necmettin Yildirim, a manager in a construction company who turned out for Mr Erdoğan’s rally. “With their behaviour they have lost a country as developed as Turkey.”

Turkish ministers have said several times in recent weeks they were thinking about tearing up a deal with the EU to stop migrants and refugees from Syria heading to Europe.

Germany’s government said Friday there was no sign that Turkey was actually letting people through and that it expected the deal to hold.

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