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Update: 19 March, 2019 11:16 AM
Turkish President warns NZ over mosque attacks, invokes Gallipoli

Turkish President warns NZ over mosque attacks, invokes Gallipoli

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Collected

Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invoked the Anzacs' Gallipoli campaign in World War I in responding to the mosque attacks in Christchurch, saying anyone who went to Turkey for anti-Muslim reasons would be returned "in coffins", as their grandfathers were.

The Hurriyet news site reported that Erdogan had referred to the failed invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula by allied forces, including the Australian and New Zealand troops, in World War I and said Turkey would "write history" again if anyone stood against Turks, Muslims and all the oppressed.

In a message apparently aimed at New Zealanders and Westerners, Erdogan said: "Your grandparents came, some of them returned in coffins. If you come as well like your grandfathers, be sure that you will be gone like your grandfathers," he said.

Erdogan, who is on the campaign trail before Turkey's elections later this month, was speaking at Canakkale, near the Gallipoli peninsula, at an event to mark the defeat of the Allied forces. He said "the enemies of Muslims have shown that they continue to hate us".

"They are testing us from 16,500km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there. This is not an individual attack, it is organised."

It comes after Erdogan used the footage of the gunman's attack in one of his election campaign rallies to highlight Islamophobia in Western countries.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is now due to travel to Indonesia and Turkey and said he would use those trip to talk to governments in those countries about the attacks. I met with Turkish Vice President Oktay, and Foreign Minister Cavusologlu on Sunday evening, and discussed New Zealand's significant response and how we have condemned this terrorist attack by a foreign national.

The Turkish delegation left with a clearer understanding of the situation in Christchurch, having seen first-hand the efforts of the New Zealand Government in supporting the Muslim community."

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