A broken clock gives the right time, twice a day. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused business magnate and Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros of supporting the anti-government protests that rocked Turkey in 2013.
Erdogan also slammed main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s recent remarks criticizing last week the detentions of human rights activists in connection to the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
“Yesterday, the leader of this party [Kılıçdaroğlu] asserted some nonsense that praised the Gezi Park protests, extolled the so-called vandal protestors and accused us with regards to this. I am repeating one more time, Gezi Park protests were a project just like the leader of the CHP is,” Erdoğan said.
The demonstrations, which took place in the Gezi Park in the Turkish city of Istanbul, were considered the biggest protests in decades against the Turkish state. The intention was to destroy the park to create a shopping center in the area.
Erdogan believes Soros has received help from local “collaborator” Osman Kavala, a businessman and businessman who was arrested in October 2017 and was jailed for a year accused of “attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey and subvert constitutional order.”
“The person [Osman Kavala] who financed the terrorists during the Gezi incidents is currently in prison. And who is behind it? “he famous Hungarian Jew, George Soros, is a man who divides nations and destroy them. He has a lot of money and is spending it that way,” he added.
Following the rhetoric of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, President Erdogan made a statement.
The Hungarian state, Soros’ home country, has repeatedly expressed strong opposition to the activities of the NGOs sponsored by the tycoon, accusing him of interference in the country’s internal affairs. Soros is also the main sponsor of left-wing identity politics, which has proven extremely effective in dividing states, particularly the US and UK.