Turkey's president accuses Germany of supporting group blamed for failed coup

  • Turkey's president accuses Germany of supporting group blamed for failed coup

Turkey's president accuses Germany of supporting group blamed for failed coup

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Europe was seeking to "whitewash" Gulen's group, while Defence Minister Fikri Isik said the comments raised questions about whether Berlin itself was involved in the putsch.

The ministry blamed Germany of allowing a gathering of a group that it called "terrorist".

"It is impossible to explain for German authorities to claim that Turkey's elected representatives' meeting with their citizens is unsafe, but to treat terrorists as legitimate actors", Kalin added.

Participants of the rally, waving PKK flags, shouted support for "no" vote in the upcoming referendum, in which a "Yes" vote would introduce an executive presidency advocated by the government and Erdogan, who protesters also condemned.

Kalin said Germany was treating terrorists as "legitimate actors", while claiming it was "dangerous" for Turkey's elected representatives to meet with their constituents.

On the same day that PKK followers marched in Frankfurt, the deputy chair of Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party was banned from addressing local Turkish community in the northern German state of Lower Saxony.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said Erdogan is taking advantage of a sentiment many people of Turkish origin have in Germany that they are neither accepted nor welcomed.

On Saturday, German news magazine Der Spiegel published an interview with the head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency, who said Ankara had failed to convince it that the cleric Fethullah Gulen was responsible for the coup attempt.

More than 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK launched its insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984.

Kalin said there was a possibility Erdogan could plan a rally to address Turks in Germany before the referendum on changing the constitution, a move that would further heighten tensions with Berlin.

Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, has denied the charges and condemned the coup.

Iyimaya said that certain European countries act in an obvious way against the constitutional changes that will be put into referendum next month.