Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the Indian government for the ongoing violence against Muslims in New Delhi, saying India has become a country where “massacres” are being committed against Muslims. Whilst addressing his party in a speech at his AK party headquarters in Ankara.
“India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims? By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said
“How will these people [India] maintain world peace. It’s impossible,” Erodgan told his party members. “When making speeches –– since they have a large population –– they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength.”
According to latest figures, at least 38 people have been killed as Hindu mobs attacked mosques, residences and businesses during demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which discriminates against Muslims.
A piece published in The Guardian online said the organisers behind the attacks were local politicians affiliated to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s ruling party.
Anti-Muslim Riots in Delhi were engineered by RSS/BJP leaders and workers, say eyewitnesses.
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) February 29, 2020
“They made the incendiary speeches that triggered the violence,” Mukul Kesavan, an author who teaches history at Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi, wrote.
“Their vigilante auxiliaries attacked Muslims with impunity, and the Delhi Police, which reports to the home minister, Amit Shah, either looked on as goons rioted, arrived after Muslims had been attacked, or actually participated in the violence against people demonstrating against Modi’s discriminatory citizenship law.”
During the Muslim slaughter in #Delhi:
✔️Christian leaders opened up their Churches to injured & afraid Muslims
✔️Sikh Gurus welcomed Muslims into their Gurdwaras
✔️Hindu leaders & households offered Muslims safe haven
This is the #India Hindutva terrorists want to destroy.
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) February 29, 2020
“Delhi has not seen this kind of violence for decades – but it has been worse: in 1984 the Indian National Congress party used the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguard as an excuse for organising a pogrom in which thousands of Sikhs were murdered,” he wrote.
“The violence in Delhi is not yet a pogrom but a pattern of police complicity and the political patronage extended to vigilante mobs suggests a continuing public-private partnership designed to violently subdue opposition to the BJP’s Hindu supremacist project.”