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Germany to Prohibit Erdogan Rally in Hamburg

Germany to Prohibit Erdogan Rally in Hamburg

Germany is clamping down on election rallies by foreign officials following a spat with Turkey ahead of that country's constitutional referendum, the government said Friday.

BERLIN, Germany (A.W)- Germany says that it would be inappropriate for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to hold a rally in front of his supporters in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

"Foreign politicians, who tread our values at home, must not have a stage for speeches in Germany", said Schulz, who will challenge Angela Merkel for the German chancellorship in September.

New tensions are rising between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, whose ties were already strained, as Erdogan wants to hold a political rally in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Later, it was reported that in response to the Germany's decision, the Turkish president may cancel his visit to Germany to attend the G20 summit.

"Especially the approach of a person, who held the Presidency of the European Parliament, to restrict the freedom of assembly and freedom of expression once again reveals the real face of the mentality we face and the double standard.", said the spokesperson, referring to Schulz.

Meanwhile Thursday, Turkish authorities opened criminal cases against 3,658 people for allegedly "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing the Justice Ministry.

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"Next to Trump are Putin and Erdogan, the new authoritarian testosterone axis, this is enough reason for protest", a German paper quoted Green Party chairman Cem Ă–zdemir as saying on Saturday.

The ties between two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained since the failed coup in Turkey last July, and tensions have worsened over multiple issues including a referendum campaign to expand Turkish President's powers.

Erdogan was expected to address the representatives of the Turkish community on the second day of the summit, the source noted.

In retaliation, Erdogan lashed out at German politicians and compared their policy to "Nazi measures", sparking outrage in Germany, where the country's Nazi past remains highly sensitive.

Germany has accepted asylum claims from high-ranking Turkish generals in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The two countries are North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners, but Germany has chose to relocate its aircraft from Turkey's Incirlik airbase.

In July, Turkey will mark one year since the failed coup attempt, which exacerbated an already far-reaching crackdown against critics of the government, and has led foreign goverments to distance themselves from Turkey.

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