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‘Racist!’ Erdogan lashes out at US police as George Floyd protests escalate

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However, others swiftly responding by highlighting human rights abuses in his own country, with some referring to several alleged deaths of citizens at the hands of police. The city was rocked by a third night of arson, looting and vandalism last night as protesters vented their anger of the death of George Floyd, who was seen in the video apparently choking as he is restrained by the white officer.

The racist and fascist approach that led to the death of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis as a result of torture has not only deeply saddened all of us, but it has also become one of the most painful manifestations of the unjust order we stand a

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s President posted: “The racist and fascist approach that led to the death of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis as a result of torture has not only deeply saddened all of us, but it has also become one of the most painful manifestations of the unjust order we stand against across the world.”

One Twitter user responded by posting several people they claimed had been “killed by Turkish police” – included Nihat Kazanhan, who died in the city of Cizre in 2015, with police officer Mehmet Nurbaki Gocmez jailed for 13 years and four months as as result.

Another shared a link to a story about Tracy Lynn Brown, a 48-year-old American woman who died in 2015 after being restrained by police officers.

Four officers were convicted and jailed in 2018.

Others drew attention to Turkey’s human rights record.

One, Harry Theocharous, said: “Mr Erdogan this is one of the only statements I fully agree with and surely condemn this brutal inhumane act.

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“Police brutality however does not only occur in Minneapolis or anywhere else in the US, but in your country too on a daily basis.

“No matter where, it should be stopped.”

Another added: “There is a huge report by State Department regarding massive human rights violations in Turkey.

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“Same reports by UNHRC. Actually this is the reason why the accession negociations for EU were stopped definitely.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered the National Guard to help restore order after the first two days of disturbances triggered by the death of Mr Floyd, 46.

Protesters gathered outside the Third Precinct police station building were forced to retreat after tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at them from the roof.

However, they returned and set fire to the building later.

Protesters were later spotted on the roof.

Fire officials have said 16 buildings were torched on Wednesday night.

US President Donald Trump responded by threatening to open fire on them.

He tweeted: “Just spoke to Governor Tm Walz and told him that the military is with him all the way.

“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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