Bloating and gloating with a sense of urgent need by the European Union(EU) to solve its migrant crisis, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has been abuzz in attempts to silent his critics in an aim to exact his authoritarian rule over the NATO strategic country.
Thin-skinned when it comes to dealing with criticism, Erdogan has recently asked that the German government prosecute a comedian who poked fun of him on German soil. Bowing to an old law, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government deferred Erdogan's request to the prosecutors and courts of Germany.
Furthermore, in another attempt to silence all criticisms of himself and his authoritarian ambitions, Erdogan has again reacted to another critic by having a Dutch journalist detained by police as she was visiting Turkey.
Last week, journalist Ebru Umar, who is of Turkish descent, wrote an article in the free Metro Newspaper in the Netherlands, criticizing a Turkish official in the Netherlands for asking all Turks to report incidents of insults against Erdogan in the country, Reuters reported this morning.
The call for Erdogan snitching was widely criticized in the Netherlands, Reuters added, including by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and it was later withdrawn.
However, last night, journalist Umar, who was holidaying in a Turkish resort on the Aegean, was detained by Turkish police. The Dutch foreign service has confirmed her detention by Erdogan authorities.
Yet, as the Erdogan government was showing off refugee camps to EU officials, including German Chancellor Merkel, it was carrying out more human rights violations upon critics of Erdogan.
Simply put, Tayyip Erdogan is out of control and must be reigned by the stalwarts of freedom and of human and speech rights. Turkey's cooperation with the EU and with NATO does not reserve to Erdogan the power to detain, to prosecute and to stifle freedom of speech in Turkey, Europe or anywhere else in the world.