HUNDREDS PROTEST ERDOGAN VISIT IN FRANCE

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LYON: Hundreds protested against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the French city of Lyon on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as he visited Europe ahead of an expected bid for the presidency. Organizers said 1,000 people took part in the protest organized by pro-democracy and minority groups near a local government office, where Erdogan met regional officials. Police said there were about 500 protesters. “His government is authoritarian. It scorns democracy by violently repressing peaceful demonstrations and minorities,” said Mehmet Demirbas, head of a local cultural centre for the Alevi community in Lyon. The community, which follows a moderate form of Islam and accounts for 10-15 million of Turkey’s 76 million citizens, has frequently clashed with Erdogan’s government.

AFP

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