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Turkish prime minister's "genocide" remarks anger China
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15:27, July 17, 2009

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Following the July 5 riot in Urumqi, Xinjiang, the behavior of the Turkish government has drawn attention from Chinese netizens. On July 10, when Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, slandered the July 5 riot as "a kind of genocide," this has angered China's general public, who left numerous messages expressing their strong indignation and condemnation.

One netizen wrote, "First of all, the July 5 riot in Urumqi is China's internal affair, with which Turkey has no right to interfere, let alone distort the facts and criticize unscrupulously. Secondly, since Turkey itself does not have a "clean record" in its own affairs, should it be allowed to blame China?

A netizen with the IP 202.108.251.xxx wrote: The Chinese government has simply been preserving the integrity of the country, ethnic unity and property of its people. The Chinese government is facing a group of terrorists. The Kurdish massacres in Turkey were a kind of genocide and Nazism. Linking China to genocide is like a thief shouting "stop thief!"

A netizen with the IP 121.14.234.xxx wrote: What Turkey did to the Kurdish people was bloody genocide. With all sense and reason, China should support the Kurdish people's pursuit of independence.

A netizen with the IP 219.153.72.xxx wrote: Who support terrorist organizations are the enemy of peace-loving people all over the world. The world's people should unite to crack down on a common enemy!

A netizen with the IP 58.215.110.xxx wrote: Some political figures in the West have already supported terrorism publicly. They care about the so-called human rights of violent terrorists. Where are the human rights of China's ordinary people? Where are the human rights of the several thousand innocent victims killed or injured by terrorists? With such a naked support of violent terrorist activities in China, are these "people" still human beings? Should they really be entitled to be a country's head of state?

A netizen under the name "genuine knowledge and profound view" wrote: Look at how Turkey treated its ethnic minorities: the Kurdish language is banned in schools and congress, and the use of non-Turkish languages is deemed as undermining the country's unity.

A netizen under the name "citizen's responsibility" wrote: The remarks (of Tayyip Erdogan) were blind to the facts, hypocritical, and used every means to smear China's image. We are fed up with such heartless and senseless behavior! I have a question for the Turkish prime minister: what if other countries condone the violence by ethnic minorities in Turkey and support their independence?

A netizen with the IP 58.215.110.xxx wrote: The Chinese people have always been friendly to Turkey. It was surprising that the Turkish prime minister could behave so absurdly. We are very angry! The Chinese government has never said anything about how the Turkish government handled their internal affairs, yet the Turkish prime minister distorted the facts, declaring the killing of innocent civilians by terrorists to be "a kind of genocide" by the Chinese government. Does the Turkish prime minister have normal sense of judgment? Efforts to promote "Pan-Turkism" will undoubtedly fail. It is ridiculous to try and rebuild the Ottoman Empire in today's world.

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