Ramazan Yavuz - Aziz Önül / Bingöl, June 4 () - Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has continued his salvoes against a number of his critics including journalists, Armenians and members of the LGBTI community ahead of the June 7 general elections, accusing them of supporting the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
“Their biggest ally is Doğan Media. The Armenian lobby, homosexuals and those who believe in ‘Alevism without Ali’ – all these representatives of sedition are [the HDP’s] benefactors” Erdoğan said during an address to citizens in the eastern province of Bingöl on June 3.
On June 3, the Turkish president also repeated his ever-toughening rhetoric against international media. “They also received the support of some foreign media outlets, which see Turkey as their colony” he said.
Without mentioning the name of the AKP, which he co-founded, Erdoğan said that “everyone should go and vote for the party he or she likes.”
In recent days for different reasons, Erdoğan has slammed several media institutions including daily Hürriyet, which is owned by the Doğan Media Group, daily Cumhuriyet, the New York Times, CNN International and the BBC.