Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become “the new dictator of Turkey.”
Kemal Kilicdaroglu made the remarks on Tuesday, addressing his party’s group meeting at the Parliament.
“There are 7 billion people in the world. Making mistakes is natural for people and they correct their mistakes, and when it’s needed they apologize. This is a human virtue. If we make a mistake, we know how to apologize. But he [Erdogan] says, ‘I do not make mistakes.’ He says, ‘if you don't do what I say, you can't be right.’ His name is Turkey’s new dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Kilicdaroglu said.
He added that Erdogan is organizing meetings across the country but nobody listens to what he says.
He also made reference to the 52 citizens who lost their lives in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli’s bombings and accused Erdogan of causing sectarian strife.
Leader of the main opposition party said, “He was going to claim that those protesters are nonbelievers, and then he saw some performing their prayers in Taksim Square. He was going to say our daughters wearing headscarves were being the target of protesters, then he saw some of the protesters [were] wearing headscarves.”
The unrest in Turkey began on May 31 after police broke up a sit-in held at Taksim Square to protest against a proposal to redevelop Gezi Park, which is a traditional gathering point for rallies and demonstrations as well as a popular tourist destination.
The demonstrators say the park is also one of Istanbul's last green public spaces.
Four people, including a police officer, have died in recent clashes between the Turkish protesters and security forces, and more than 5,000 protesters and 600 police officers have been injured.