Germany's Turkish community, there are some 3 million Germans from Turkish origin, has explained it would be filing a legal complaint against an AfD (Alternative Fur Deutschland) politician who had stated in a speech on Ash Wednesday, (when German politicians traditionally give fiery speeches) that Turks who sided with Turkish President Erdogan were unpatriotic "camel drivers" who should go back to their "mud huts."
Mr. Gökay Sofuoglu, the chair of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), which represents the people of Turkish origin, explained that his organization would file a criminal complaint Mr. Andre Poggenburg the head of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, for inciting hatred. According to Mr. Sofuoglu, the German constitution prohibits incitement, defamation and discrimination.
Mr. Poggenburg said during his speech (referring to the 1915 massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey) that: "These caraway traders have the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians weighing them down, and they want to tell us something about history and homeland? They're nuts."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Unklar was da in Halle abgeht. Illegale linke Hausbesetzung, dann solche Zyankali-Aufrufe…<br><br>Deutschland hat ganz klar ein Problem: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Linksextremismus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Linksextremismus</a> in allen Facetten!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AfDwirkt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AfDwirkt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Poggenburg?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Poggenburg</a> 🇩🇪<a href="https://t.co/aX5wm12Bbn">https://t.co/aX5wm12Bbn</a></p>— André Poggenburg (@PoggenburgAndre) <a href="https://twitter.com/PoggenburgAndre/status/959478947166769152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"These camel drivers should go off to where they belong: far, far beyond the Bosphorus to their mud huts and multiple wives."
Prosecutors in Dresden have launched a preliminary investigation.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier chimed in as well, saying that some AfD politicians are using rhetoric to spew hate.
"What I see are politicians who make a strategy out of excessive language, and their recklessness and hatred."
"I only hope that citizens of this country do not allow themselves to be carried along."