Is German-based Turkish-Muslim org abandoning Erdoğan?
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s support among Turkish German diaspora may be jeopardized as head of European Milli Görüş ("National Vision") endorses the rule of law citing Erdoğan’s polarizing language obsolete, Europe-based Diaspora Daily said on Thursday.
Kemal Ergün, the head of the Milli Görüş organization said on Wednesday in a tweet "East-West distinction makes no sense in our contemporary world. If we want to maintain a distinction, we need to draw a line between those who respect the human rights and the rule of law and those who undermine them’’.
Doğu-Batı ayrımı üzerinden yapılan okuma bugünün gerçekleriyle örtüşmüyor. İlla bir ayrım hattı çizeceksek, bu hattı insan haklarına saygı gösterenlerle göstermeyenler, hukukun üstünlüğüne inananlarla inanmayanlar arasına çizmeliyiz. pic.twitter.com/bxeyncxKLv— Kemal Ergün (@kemalerguen) January 13, 2021
Several prominent Turkish diaspora members argued that this tweet was a clear indication that European Milli Görüş criticised human rights violations attributed to the governing AK Party in Turkey, Diaspora Daily said.
‘‘I did not believe before that Milli Görüş would draw support from Erdogan but Ergün’s statement is a clear sign’’, Diaspora Daily cited a Turkish-German activist among Turkish diaspora as saying.
However, a senior official at the Cologne headquarters rejected that the statement indicated a political stance in an off the record conversation. “There is no need to pull Babacan out of this statement, we (Milli Görüş) have always been bipartisan and never directed our followers to a certain political party (to vote)”, Diaspora Daily reported.
Former secretary general of European Milli Görüş (IGMG), Mustafa Yeneroğlu, served two terms as an AK Party member in the Turkish Parliament before resigning to join newly founded Deva Party. Yeneroğlu, a law school graduate, is known for his recent criticism against human rights violations in Turkey since he he left the party.
Founded in 1969, the Milli Görüş movement is a religio-political movement inspired by Turkish politician Necmettin Erbakan. It is the second largest Turkish-Muslim organization in Europe which oversees more than 500 mosques.
Erdogan have enjoyed larger support among 3-million Turkish diaspora in Germany with around 65 percent, a figure much above his support in Turkey.