Turkey: Erdogan calls protesters 'pathetic rodents'

Protesters' call for an economic boycott is 'barbaric'

24 July, 13:59

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JULY 24 - Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at anti-government protesters calling for a boycott of Turkish products with a colorful new epithet, local media reported. ''Those who want to get even with the government by targeting the economy are pathetic rodents trying to sink the ship that is carrying 76 million Turks'', the premier reportedly said.

    The Islamic nationalist premier has repeatedly dismissed as ''vandals'' and ''terrorists'' the hundreds of thousands of young protesters who have been calling for his resignation over the past two months.

    ''There have been calls to block the economy by stopping consumption for six months'', the premier said, calling this a ''barbaric'' idea.

    While voters have rewarded Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) for their country's ten-year economic boom, the latest surveys show the premier has lost ground since his ferocious repression of the Gezi Park protests. Turbulence has hit the Turkish economy over the past few weeks. (ANSAmed).

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