Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Saturday "disproportionate violence", said the French authorities face the protests of the yellow jackets, adding that he followed the situation "with concern".
"Disorder reigns in the streets of many European countries, starting with Paris: televisions, newspapers are full of burning car images, stolen businesses, the response of the most violent police to demonstrators," he said.
Turkey is "at the same time against the scenes of the chaos provoked by the protesters and against the disproportionate violence that is against them", continued the head of the Turkish state during a speech in Istanbul, adding that he followed the situation "with concern" .
These protests of the yellow jackets are widely covered by the Turkish media, which in recent days have broadcast images showing high school students on their knees and hands over their heads after being arrested in Mantes-la-Jolie, near Paris.
Democracy, human rights: a "failure"
"Ah, take a look at what police officers are doing to criticize our policemen," President Erdogan said ironically, stating that Europe has "failed in terms of democracy, human rights and freedom. ".
Turkey is regularly criticized by European countries and human rights organizations, which denounce the erosion of the rule of law in this country in recent years. In particular, the Turkish authorities brutally suppressed the main anti-government protests in the spring of 2013.
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