Scott Morrison right to be enraged by Erdogan

Scott Morrison right to be enraged by Erdogan

"As he was giving his speech at the (Gallipoli) commemorations, (Erdogan) framed his remarks in a historical context of attacks against Turkey", said Fahrettin Altun, director of communications for the Turkish presidency, on Twitter.

"You will pay for this".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been rebuked by Australia's leader for "very offensive" comments he made at a political rally in the wake of last week's New Zealand massacre, which was instigated by an Australian and killed 50 Muslim worshipers at two mosques.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a news conference after meeting with first responders who were at the scene of the Christchurch mosque shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 20, 2019.

The massacre was livestreamed on social media, and was accompanied by the release of a racist, Islamophobic, manifesto that also attacked Turkey.


Burials for the victims began on Wednesday morning amid aggravation over the delay, as under Islam bodies are usually buried within 24 hours.

In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison summoned the Turkish ambassador over Mr Erdogan's "highly offensive. and highly reckless" remarks.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Australians and New Zealanders would soon travel to Gallipoli to mark Anzac Day and 100 years of friendship with Turkey.

"Fifty people lost their lives in a very painful way [in New Zealand], and they want to turn this into votes", Buldan said at a rally of her pro-Kurdish party in Ağrı, eastern Turkey.

Erdoğan's use of the footage has continued even though Facebook has removed more than 1.5m videos related to the attack from its site, partly at the urging of New Zealand authorities, who are determined not to give the killer notoriety.


In a parallel development, New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters said that he had told his Turkish counterpart that the horrific video didn't represent his country, and added that the clip could endanger Kiwis overseas.

"Izmir! You who throw the giaours in the sea and protect the helpless", he said, in an apparent reference to the Greeks who drowned while trying to flee a fire set by Turks in the port, Turkey's name for the city where he was speaking, and non-Muslim Christians.

Mr Morrison, who said "all options" for further action remained available, accused Mr Erdogan of insulting the memory of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops, which he said violated "the pledge that is etched in stone at Gallipoli".

Morrison earlier described claims about Australia and New Zealand's response to the white supremacist attack as "vile".

Morrison's government issued a travel advisory warning people visiting the Gallipoli battlefields for remembrance ceremonies during the anniversary of the campaign next month to exercise caution.


"I've asked for these comments, particularly their reporting of the misrepresented position of Australia on Turkish television, the state-sponsored broadcaster, to be taken down and I expect that to occur".

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