KONFRONTASI-Turkey has responded angrily to the appearance of a caricature in a German textbook depicting the Turkish president as a canine, summoning the German ambassador for explanation.
The depiction turned up in a textbook in Germany’s southern state of Baden Wuerttemberg, personifying a dog as the Turkish head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The animal is shown watching over a kennel, also named after the Turkish leader.
Ankara has summoned Eberhard Pohl, Germany’s ambassador to Turkey, over the matter.
“We strongly condemn the appearance in a school textbook of a cartoon insulting our respected president…,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding, “There is no place in democracies for attempts to incite hatred in society.”
The ministry called the caricature offensive to “all Turks living in Germany,” saying it incited “Islamophobia.”
The Turkish president has in the past come to grips with cartoonists several times.
As prime minister, Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against Musa Kart, a cartoonist for the Cumhuriyet daily, in February, for drawing a hologram of him serving as a watchman in a robbery.
Also during his incumbency as premier, he sued Turkish satirical magazine, Penguen (Penguin), in 2005 for depicting him as an elephant, a giraffe, a monkey and several other animals.[mr/presstv]