ISTANBUL Turkey’s international ministry summoned Switzerland’s charge d’affairs in Ankara on Saturday to complain about a protest in Bern that it said supported terrorism and integrated a poster contacting for the assassination of President Tayyip Erdogan.
Previously on Saturday numerous thousand people today together with Kurdish protesters joined a rally in the Swiss funds contacting for a ‘No’ vote in Turkey’s April 16 referendum that could give sweeping powers to Erdogan underneath a constitutional overhaul.
The referendum challenge has currently terribly strained relations amongst Turkey and numerous European countries, together with Germany, following they banned Turkish ministers from campaigning on their territory for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum.
The Turkish international ministry said it expected Swiss authorities to start a criminal investigation into Saturday’s demonstration in Bern.
“The judicial and administrative techniques that will be taken by Swiss federal and neighborhood authorities will be intently followed by our ministry and our endeavours on this will proceed,” it said in a assertion.
Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also phoned his Swiss counterpart to convey Ankara’s anger, the ministry said.
A spokesman for the Swiss international ministry verified Ankara had summoned its envoy and said the incident would be investigated.
“The capable authorities will have to test whether or not the organizers of the rally have violated the permit prerequisites or if there are other criminal offences,” he said.
Organizers and Bern police said the rally had passed peacefully.
Michael Sorg, a spokesman for Switzerland’s Social Democrats, 1 of the organizers of the rally, verified the anti-Erdogan poster.
“This was the only poster which fell under the restrictions of decency. All other posters ended up decent,” he said.
On Saturday, Erdogan also slammed Switzerland in excess of the demonstration and said the crowd had integrated supporters of terrorist groups.
Referring to the poster of him with a gun pointed to his head, Erdogan said: “Could there be such a mentality, such an comprehending?”
Ankara has accused some European countries of letting ‘No’ supporters to marketing campaign freely ahead of the Turkish referendum even though deliberately banning rallies planned by the ‘Yes’ camp.
Germany and the Netherlands, the two home to numerous expatriate Turks with the proper to vote in the referendum, have said the final decision to ban numerous planned rallies was taken on security grounds and was not politically motivated.
(Extra reporting by Tulay Karadeniz in Ankara Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Kirsti Knolle in Vienna Enhancing by Gareth Jones)