Thousands demonstrate against Austria visit of Turkish PM
Vienna: As many as 10,000 people demonstrated in Vienna against a visit by Turkey`s strongman Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, organisers and police said.
Erdogan has been accused of autocratic tendencies in his home country and a similar trip to Germany last month ruffled feathers after he spoke out against assimilation of Turkish immigrants.
Yesterday, he addressed a crowd of some 6,000-7,000 supporters from Austria`s 250,000-strong Turkish minority in a sports arena, police said.
Erdogan is touring European countries with large Turkish populations ahead of a widely expected run for the presidency in August.
A further 10,000 people watched his speech on a big screen outside the venue.
Police said they used pepper spray after a "minor incident" when a bottle was thrown at the protesters in the Austrian capital, most of whom were from the local Turkish community. No injuries were reported.
Austria`s government had warned Erdogan against making provocative comments, and he appeared to heed the advice telling the crowd, "no one has anything to fear from us".
But the visit nonetheless drew sharp words from Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who said the meeting "clearly shows that the Turkish prime minister has brought the election campaign to Austria and has also, as a result, caused disorder.
"We refuse to accept that, and the only thing I can say is that respect for a country does not look like this," he told journalists.
Trumpeting Turkey`s economic growth under his stewardship, Erdogan said that Europe needed his country.
"Europe does not end where the river Danube flows into the Black Sea but begins where the Euphrates and Tigris begin," he said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Aspiring for more than what you have!
- Mathura SSP receives death threat letter, message for PM Modi
- Reservation issue: Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others
- Zee Media exclusive interview with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
- Zee Media exclusive chat with 'Welcome to Karachi' cast
- UP Minister allegedly threatens, abuses Gonda businessman
- Manali: Heavy corruption found in environmental taxes
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 24, 2015
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- Five unmanned parachutes spotted over Mumbai airport
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- IPL 2015 Final: MI vs CSK - As it happened...
- Heatwave continues in North India; death toll in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana more than 400
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- Organisation demands re-examination of AIPMT 2015
- Death threat to PM Narendra Modi ahead of Mathura rally sends police into tizzy
- Kejriwal completes 100 days in office, AAP says centre 'shadow boxing' over row with LG
- CBSE Class 12th Board Results 2015 to be announced on Monday, May 25
- Online filing of applications for UPSC civil services exam begins
- No alliance with JD-U in Bihar: BJP
- Not just today, Muslims feeling alienated since 1947: Najma Heptulla
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- LIVE - Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced shortly
- Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others as Gujjar agitation continues
- Pakistan criticizes Defence Minister Parrikar's terrorism remarks