Turkey president denounces “massacres” committed against Muslims in India

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Turkey's President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out Thursday against “massacres” of Muslims in India after communal violence in New Delhi left at least 38 dead.

“India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” President Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence broke out this week between mobs of Hindus and Muslims over a citizenship law.

Over 200 people were injured and 38 killed since late Sunday in clashes that saw mobs of Hindus and Muslims fight running battles, armed with swords and guns. Thousands of properties and vehicles were touched in the violence.

According to a document seen by AFP, the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.

He accused the mobs attacking Muslims of hurting children studying in private tuition centres with “metal sticks as if to kill” them.

“How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When making speeches — since they have a large population — they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength,” President Erdogan added. With AFP inputs

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