Turkey's Erdogan Goes Full-Dictator: Arrests Dutch Journalist For Critical Tweet

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One month ago, we cited Turkey's president Tayyip Recep Erdogan who said that "it is not only the person who pulls the trigger, but those who made that possible who should be defined as terrorists, regardless of their title," when was urging parliament to include journalists, politicians, academics, and activists under the country’s anti-extremism laws.

Erdogan’s comments came a day after the latest in a string of suicide bombings ripped through Ankara, killing 34 and wounding more than 100 in Kizilay. Since then, Turkey has arrested nearly 50 people with “suspected ties” to the PKK against which Erdogan is waging a highly personal crusade.

However, Turkey's President didn't think parliament was moving fast enough on his “request” to expand the definition of “terrorist” because in a speech on Wednesday, he effectively instructed lawmakers to get moving before also urging parliament to deal with "the issue of immunities."

True to form, Erdogan didn't wait on parliament to expand the "terrorist" definition before he went ahead and arrested three academics for "terrorist propaganda" after they made the mistake of publicly asking the government to stop the siege on Cizre and other cities in the predominantly Kurdish southeast."

Then, when a British citizen who teaches at Bilgi University showed up at the courthouse to support the lawyers, he was also arrested. His crime, in his own words: "I am accused because I had several invitations to Kurdish new year (celebrations on March 21) published by the HDP - the third-largest party in the Turkish parliament - in my bag."

It has gotten so bad, and Turks are so terrified of their despotic "leader" that two months ago, a Turkish truck driver literally sued his own wife for cursing at Erdogan when he spoke on television. "I warned her," the man later said.

Understandably, the "developed world" (of which Turkey is supposedly part of) has repeatedly closed its eyes to Erdogan's unprecedented human rights violations: after all Europe needs Turkey now more than ever to halt the mass flow of Syrian refugees within its borders or else virtually all ruling parties in Europe are threatened with being replaced in any upcoming elections. As such, if the country became a despotic tyranny under Erdogan, oh well: after all Europe has not only turned a blind eye to his dictatorial actions but also paid him billions of dollars to "halt" the flow of refugees... and he knows it.

However, this morning Erdogan may have finally gone too far following the arrest of a Dutch-Turkish journalist, Ebru Umar, who was detained early on Sunday at her home in Turkey for tweets deemed critical of the Turkish president according to her Twitter account.

"Police at the door. No joke," wrote Ebru Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist of Turkish origin.

According to AFP, Umar recently wrote a piece critical of Erdogan for the Dutch daily Metro, extracts of which she then tweeted, leading to her arrest. "I’m not free, we’re going to the hospital" for a medical examination before being taken to face prosecutors, she said in a second tweet as she left her home in Kusadas?, a resort town in western Turkey.

Umar, who reportedly became a journalist under the influence of Theo van Gogh – a Dutch film-maker later murdered for making a controversial film about Islamic culture – had written in the Metro about a diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands.

Earlier this week, a political storm erupted following reports that the Turkish consulate asked Turkish organisations in the Netherlands to forward emails and social media posts which insult Erdogan or Turkey. The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said he would ask Ankara to clarify the call, saying it was not clear what the Turkish government aimed to achieve.

The Turkish consulate for its part said the note was sent by a consular official who used an "unfortunate choice of words" that was misinterpreted.

What really happened is that having been appeased by German's Angela Merkel, who inexplicable gave green light for authorities to begin criminal proceedings against popular comic Jan Böhmermann for performing a satirical poem about Erdogan (in the process unleashing a political firestorm within Germany), Turkey's president now feels even more empowered and is testing just how far he can stretch his political domination over Europe, for one simple reason: as noted above he has all the leverage - Erdogan can unleash political havoc on Europe if he releases half a million refugees into the continent; one million and there will be political riots everywhere.

And now Erdogan knows he has Europe under his thumb.

We wonder if Europe will even dare to address the arrest of Umar, although we assume it will be quickly swept up under the rug. We also wonder what the reaction of the "developed" world would be in a person such as Vladimir Putin had arrested a Dutch journalist in Russia for sending an offensive tweet.

Meanwhile, trials in Turkey for insulting Erdo?an have multiplied since his election to the presidency in August 2014, with nearly 2,000 such cases currently open.

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Quinvarius's picture

Angela Merkel approves of this action.

Supernova Born's picture

This is neocons, this is NATO, this is fascism.

Fuck Erdogan.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

This will all fall to pieces in due time.  Just have your rope ready.

Supernova Born's picture

Profounding disgusting to watch NATO support this murderous tyrant.

philipat's picture

So, let me see if I understand this correctly:

  1. The US, at best, allows 9/11 (At worst plans it with the Israelis and plants a cover using CIA Saudi patsies) so that it can destroy what little of the constitution that still remains and invade ME countries which were not responsible. All in the name of freedom.
  2. The US invades said ME countries and creates a total disaster.
  3. The US funds and supports "friendly" terrorist organisations in the ME to overthrow all non-Islamic secular regimens in the ME.
  4. The US funds and supports a coup in Ukraine and creates another total disaster, again in the name of freedom and democracy.
  5. The US blames ALL of the above on Russia and forces sanctions on Europe, destroyng European economies in the process whilst having no impact on the US itself.
  6. Refugees from the US failed ME wars start to flood into Europe to escape the US-funded violence by allies and ISIS, also an ally and the US insists that Europe is to blame for Libya, must take the refugees, must maintain the sanctions on Russia because Russia is really to blame.
  7. Turkey also funds ISIS and its corrupt leadership makes Millions by sourcing Iraqi oil and selling it to any takers, mostly Israel. The US, as an ally of ISIS, must also support Turkey.
  8. The EU has a "Political" problem with the refugees and is told by the US to reach an accommodation with Turkey because it still needs Turkey to maintain its support of ISIS.
  9. The EU is now at the mercy of Turkey AND The US.

Did I understand all that correctly? If so, the only question I have remaining is WHEN will Europe tell the US to go fuck itself? And a follow-up question, why has it not done so long ago?

Is it a complete lack of leadership in Europe or does the NSA have the goods on all the European "Leaders" to the extent that they are, in fact, what they appear to be: US Puppets.

I am searching, but am largely at a loss for words to describe all of this. Dystopian comes to mind but it's beyond that really.



Renfield's picture

It isn't lack of leadership -- this IS the leadership. Gollum is just ahead of the curve, the leading edge so to speak. This is the fascist leadership model of the 'west'. Of course 'western leadership' has no problem with it, why should they? They've not shown a problem with any of its like up to now, and they're all firmly in place, with millions of 'supporters'. The only question in their minds is how far they can extend their reach, and how quickly, which is why they monitor and manage their 'popular support' so closely. And that's what Gollum is doing now, monitoring AND managing. Don't like it? Think about what forms of monitor/manage the rest of 'western allied' leadership has been using recently. I'm sure even regular MSM viewers can come up with one or two rather surprising examples.

Face it. The leadership supported by generations of sheeples has been leading our human society right to its logical conclusion. Obedience and compliance are deeply ingrained today, and our 'leaders' are no different.

Time to think about the ramifications of who you vote for, whether you vote, and whether you are content for your statement ONLY to be not/voting. Everyone who is in any way a contributing member of the status quo should start thinking about just what their own contributions are and what those contributions lead to. You may need to change more than your voting patterns; you may need to change your whole life. Yes, of course I include myself in this thinking, as I have for awhile now. We each have two hands, a brain and a mouth. We need to think about how we use them, and allow them to be used. We also need to think about what our actions and words justify as 'supported' to those 'representing' us, whether political or MSM.

(Heavy use of quotation marks b/c of the deeply Orwellian double-meanings that now weight our language.)

eforce's picture

Turkey is ripe for a color revolution, I think Erdogan is being lured into a trap, which will benefit the elites as Turkey collapses and migrants have free passage to Europe...

SilverDOG's picture


Seems accurate.
Although you repeat USA as responsible party, and it is, doing exactly as told.
Debt ruled and owned the USA is until no more.
Some things never change.

philipat's picture

Good point. The Rothschilds still rule..

StychoKiller's picture

Aside from all that, did you like the play, Mrs Lincoln?

Vracar's picture

Nato supports ONLY murdereus tyrants. S arabia, Quatar, Bahrain, Kosovo....

philipat's picture

With allies like this, who needs enemies. Pathetic and tragic state of affairs it has come to.

XuscitizenSweden's picture

Better yet....


CHOP this türkïe-TURKEY's HEAD OFF !!!

Feed this erDOGan-chickenshït to the Dogs.


Anasteus's picture

Erdogan is already written off.

Ignatius's picture

The great thing about despots is that by their actions they eventually out themselves.


Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

wait'll you get a load of Hillary.

Surely even the most optimistic ideologues amongst you understand by now that Killary is the Deep State's choice, and that voting matters not at all, while bribing and buying "delegates" ensures the right choice. 


Arnold's picture

It's good thing that the current POTUS has opened the door to reining by Executive Orders, rather than waiting for a dithering bunch of congress critters to take action.

Hillary should have few problems , as Tyrant in Chief.

Ignatius's picture

You're new here so you can be forgiven this time for mentioning that awful woman's (?) name.

Let's try to do better in the future.

pFXTim's picture

> This is neocons, this is NATO, this is fascism.


Cat Sniper's picture

Hmm, I'm eagerly awaiting Ghordius to explain why it's a triumph for "Feels and giggles" to allow visa free travel between the EU and this third world shitstain of a country.

wren's picture

Nuclear winter in Turkey would solve both the problems with Erdogan and the refugee crisis...

Troy Ounce's picture



PM Rutte will not be able to handle this...

A weak...prefab..administrator.

new game's picture

we don't need no education, teacher, leave the kids alone...

stopcpdotcom's picture

Erdogan looks like a kindly old uncle type of person. A bit like Joe Stalin. Does Erdogan smoke a pipe?

SilverDOG's picture


Kindly ole nutcase most certainly.
Trained as child to avoid people like this;

The ZH'ers play of names and psychosis, they are both listed here, Hitler and Hillary.

Move along, your train is coming.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Our "good friends", the Turks.  Yeah, right.

MsCreant's picture

Never go Full Dictator. You will never be believeable in another political role again, the audience will always associate you with dictator, even when you would really like to do something else, like a democracy or a republic...

Hillary made the mistake of going Full Dictator on camera, and we will never forget...

See what I mean?

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Erdogan is choosing the Mussolini path.  Wasn't he hung in the public square, after being shot, face down, next to his main bitch?

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Erdogan, this is how you could be treated . . . if you keep up the tyranny.


Pieter Bruegel the Elder's picture

This is a good thing. Let him show himself as he truly is. Maybe some of the Turkish MIC will get rid of him.

Aussiekiwi's picture

One month ago, we cited Turkey's president Tayyip Recep Erdogan who said that "it is not only the person who pulls the trigger, but those who made that possible who should be defined as terrorists, regardless of their title,

So, no doubt he has arrested his son by now as well in his unrelenting battle against terrorism.


smc1982's picture

Kick turkey out of NATO, that's the first move i'd make.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

funny, first move I'd make would be getting the US out of NATO.

ClydeCrashcup's picture

I'd settle for seeing Israel getting kicked out of the US.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's simpler to refer Erdorat and his clan to the International Criminal Court for indictment and freeze their assets in the EU.

The problem isn't Turkey or the Turkish people, it is the Turkish shit at the top of the pyramid.

balz's picture

This guy is a crazy batshit. Europe should build a wall against refugees and be done with that scum.

Stu Elsample's picture

Only twits use Twitter.




Farqued Up's picture

Ain't NATO grand?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Turkey is really two countries - the western portion, including the bit in Europe, is modern, progressive, secular, etc. There are some Islamists, and there are more ardent secular nationalists.

The eastern roughly two thirds is Darwin's waiting room.

However, lest we forget - in these younited states, the Commander-in-Chief, a hip, liberal black guy, declared unto himself the power to declare that someone is a terrorist, including Americans, and kill them, without charge or trial, anywhere in the world. And that's notwithstanding lots of Constitutional provisions that seem to plainly, and directly, prevent that sort of thing {dear progressives: when you "interpret" the law to suit your ideological needs, do not be surprised when later on, laws you like are taken to mean nothing... Think of Thomas More...something about the Devil turning around to face you??}

Also lest we forget - in much of Europe, someone may be imprisoned, and assets forfeited, for the grave crime of "insulting" someone's race or religion.

And you may question any part of history you like, including the Armenian Genocide, including the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, including the people murdered by the Bolsheviks.... however, if you suggest, in good faith, and with more than trivial support, like David Irving, that a number significantly less than 6 million Jews were murdered in slave labor camps - you can also go to jail.

And in the US, if your conscience tells you that your company should boycott Israel until it ends its occupation of Palestinians.... why, wouldn't you know that there's a law saying you can't do that [although some clever boy or girl may well, and **should** challenge same under the holding in Citizens United]

Also bear in mind - the US has pretty obviously been supporting Islamofascist terrorists, and looking the other way as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel do the same, for years. The official conspiracy theory is its about running a Qatari pipeline through... because flooding a region with heavy weapons and Islamic nuts is conducive for so doing, right?

** https://tinyurl.com/zztntgo **

So, how bad is Erdogan?

In any case, no worse than the American Emperor, and those whose bidding he carries out all in the name of "freedom."

iAmerican's picture

Obama isn't "hip" or "liberal," he's a flaming queer and puppet of Satan and Fascism.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

NATO was constructed on the - with the reason, whether one believes it or not, that it was going to defend Western Europe from Russian assault. Once the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union was beginning to collapse, that reason was gone. So, first question: why does NATO exist?
Noam Chomsky

Volaille de Bresse's picture

More harmful than meth : Islam...

Paul Kersey's picture

Which US Presidential candidate would allow dissent if elected?  They run for President so that they can be 


"Recep Tayyip Erdo?an tops annual list of highest-paid political figures

In 2013 it looked like the political figure’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (April 23) that Erdo?an is the highest-paid political figure in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between March 2015 and March 2016, a nearly $30 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Turkish political figure has an estimated net worth of $185 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Erdo?an Burger” chain) in Ankara, a Football Team (the “Istanbul Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondererdo?an - Turkey), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Recep Tayyip) and a fashion line called “Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Seduction”.

Manipuflation's picture

Turkey?  It is always entertaining to get Russians and Turks together.  There be some hating going on that goes back for centuries hence Turkey being in NATO.  The hate is automatic.  Russians seem to like to vacation in Turkey though.  I had to put that info in my WHAT THE FUCK file.  So you Russians hate Turks but you vacation there?  Yes they do.     

ClydeCrashcup's picture

Wow, you mean, no more Christmas and New Year's Day and Halloween in Turkey?  Why, the gall of Russia!

___________'s picture
___________ (not verified) Apr 24, 2016 8:53 AM

erdogay is trolling europe. he is squeezing the piece of muslim trash kurd minority and he does not care about anything. he is openly jailing everyone just for fun and now he is part of the eu - 77 million turks can go to europe without visa.


i will be honest, i like his international trolling.
every country that was trolled by erdogay, deserves to be trolled, because turks are not human.

-you do not visit turkey
-you do not eat kebabs (from muslims)
-you do not trade or deal with turks
-you do not let turks into your country, not even as tourists
-you establish a military that kills kebabs, if they come close to your border
-you do not recognize turks as humans


chairman mao's picture

leave  kebabs out of this bro.

___________'s picture
___________ (not verified) chairman mao Apr 24, 2016 9:38 AM

you can eat your kebabs, but they have to be made by non-muslims and a non-muslim company.


i havent eaten kebab since at least 7 years, because the local vitnamese guy was forced to close his business and i dont eat turk poo.