Austria summons Turkish ambassador

Thursday, 21 July, 2016 - 14:00

Austria has summoned Turkey's ambassador for explanation about Ankara's "possible links" to recent Turkish protests in Vienna.
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday the ambassador should clarify whether protests held in recent days in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been "encouraged" by Turkish officials.

"We have evidence that the demonstrations for Erdogan that have taken place in Vienna were called for directly from Turkey," Kurz told the public broadcaster. Calling them "absolutely untenable."

Thousands of demonstrators from Austria's 300,000-strong Turkish community have marched through the capital, waving flags and chanting slogans in support of President Erdogan.

The Austrian foreign minister said his country is "worried that Turkey is now developing increasingly authoritarian traits."

"We have therefore summoned the ambassador to clarify in which direction Turkey will develop," he added.

The summons came a day after Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency following last week's coup.

Background on the coup from Katehon:

This coup had been planned at the Incirlik Air Base which is used by the American military. On the grounds of this base, the pro-coup generals had twelve conversations with American generals. It is quite clear that America is the puppet master of the putsch. Another remarkable fact is that two pilots, who had brought down the Russian SU-24, also participated in the coups d’état. This coup was a reaction to the increasing likelihood of a rapprochement between Russia and Turkey. Also, the Turkish diplomatic overtures towards Syria, the Caucasus, and the Middle East have caused panic within the US establishment.