Reactions to the protests: as Erdogan sees the "yellow jackets" - tagesschau.de

Turkish President Erdogan is often accused of police violence against demonstrators. Now he speaks of "excessive" police violence in France. The president of the United States Trump also commented on the "yellow jackets".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the actions of the French police against the "yellow" protesters. He opposed the "excessive force" against protesters, said Erdogan on the sidelines of an event in Istanbul. "Those who have accused our police of repression should see what the police are doing now."

Europe has failed in the "Human Rights Test"

In Paris and elsewhere, the police are going "the hard way". The current "chaos scenes" in Paris, Brussels and other cities have shown that Europe has failed in the "test of democracy, human rights and freedom".

In his country, Erdogan allowed the police to suppress protesters for years. Even gatherings such as "pride", which should prove for the rights of homosexuals, are prevented by the police from violence.

Trump is confirmed

US President Donald Trump took advantage of the protests in France to criticize the Paris climate agreement. "Maybe it's time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris affair and return the money to people in the form of lower taxes?", Trump wrote on Twitter.

In reality, protests in France are not directed against climate protection. The background is rather the dissatisfaction of many millions of French with their living conditions. Their requests also went very quickly beyond the cancellation of the ecotax.

Trump does not believe in scientific studies

Currently, representatives from nearly 200 countries in Katowice, Poland, are discussing ways to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Trump is a declared adversary of the agreement. In June 2017, the president of the United States announced the exit of his country, causing consternation between governments and environmentalists all over the world.

Thousands of people in yellow safety vests protested again in France and Belgium, demanding tax cuts, among other things. There have been riots and hundreds of arrests in both countries.

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