Erdoğan aide calls for Austrian writer to be stripped of Nobel Prize
İbrahim Kalın, Turkey’s presidential spokesman, called on the Swedish Academy to reverse its decision to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke, who has been has been widely criticised for being an apologist of Serbian war crimes committed during the wars in former Yugoslavia.
“On Monday @NobelPrize will give the Prize for Literature to Peter Handke who supports Milosevic and denies the Bosnian genocide,” Kalın said on Twitter on Saturday. “This shameless decision must be reverted.”
“How can you award someone without moral consciousness and sense of shame,” Kalın asked.”To encourage new genocides?!”
The Austrian playwright, novelist and poet Handke was awarded the 2019 prize in early October "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," according to the statement by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.
Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre also called on Friday for Handke’s prize to be revoked, saying it was “shameful” to recognise a man who has denied the killings happened, Reuters reported.
Handke spoke at Milosevic’s funeral in 2006 after the Serbian leader died while in detention awaiting trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for his role in the wars. He also voiced support for Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, both of whom were convicted of genocide for the killing of more then 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the United Nations protected enclave of Srebrenica.
Protests are planned on Tuesday in Stockholm when Sweden’s king presents Handke with the award, Reuters said.