Thousands of Women Rally Behind Erdogan Ahead of Referendum

Thousand of women rallied in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a conference centre in Istanbul on March 5, ahead of next month’s referendum that could give him greater powers.

Erdogan addressed the event on “women and democracy”, where he railed against Germany’s refusal to allow Turkish politicians to rally Turkish immigrants for the referendum. He likened the actions to those of the Nazi era, saying, “I thought Germany left [Nazi practices] behind a long time ago. We are mistaken. You lecture us about democracy but then you don’t let this country’s ministers speak there.”

Tensions between Berlin and Ankara have been mounting after the arrest of Deniz Yücel, a journalist for German newspaper Welt with dual Turkish and German citizenship, last month. Yücel was arrested in Istanbul on February 14 on charges of “propaganda in support of a terrorist organization” and “inciting the public to violence.” Credit: Twitter/@elfcelk via Storyful