Attending the fast-breaking meal at Taksim Square in Istanbul, President and AKP Chair Erdogan has addressed the artists who supported Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor candidate Imamoglu: Artists speak with their art, they do not flatter people of that kind.
President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the "Traditional Fast-Breaking Meal" at Taksim Square in Istanbul yesterday (May 12).
Speaking about the Istanbul Metropolitan Mayoral Elections to be repeated on June 23, Erdogan said, "If there is something obstructing the elections or their rerun if needs be, then, democracy is in danger there."
In his speech, Erdogan also addressed the artists who acted in solidarity with Ekrem Imamoglu, Republican People's Party's (CHP) Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor candidate whose certificate of election has been annulled.
Erdogan said, "First, you came to us to request a legal regulation on cinema, then, you again came to thank us for the regulation that we introduced. But, afterwards, you are applauding these people. Artists speak with their art, they do not flatter people of that kind."
Erdogan also made the following remarks in his speech:
'Not the vandalism displayed in Taksim in the past'
"What our nation, what Istanbul needs is not the vandalism, violence, terror and provocative actions displayed in Taksim in the past, but the climate of tolerance and friendship that helps people of every belief, disposition and background to gather around the same table.
'They give instructions from the mountain'
"I am sure you are watching at your TVs that the terrorist heads are saying with whom you are supposed to be, they are saying that you must be on the side of CHP candidate. They give instructions from the mountain.
'If elections are rerun, it means democracy operates'
"In what part of the world do you see that people object to the rerun of elections to purify them from doubts, which is the most important operative tool of democracy? In Belgium, they have just decided to repeat local elections in a city, it just happened yesterday.
"We will see whether campaigns will be launched against this decision. We will see whether they will threaten the judicial authorities by reading out their names one by one or whether these people will be subjected to an assassination of reputation by being labelled as a gang.
"The only country where politicians are afraid of the ballot box is our homeland. In fact, if elections are held in a place and if these elections are rerun if needs be, then, it means that democracy operates there.
"Sooner or later, everyone will accept the fact that Turkey is a state of law which is run with democracy."
Source: English Bianet