Tape shows Erdoğan ordered protests in Germany - Der Spiegel

A telephone conversation recorded by German police has revealed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may have personally ordered protests against an Armenian genocide bill in Germany via one of his parliamentarians, German news magazine Der Spiegel said.

His interlocutor, Metin Külünk, a parliamentarian for Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), already stands accused of organising the protests.

The magazine printed a description of one of the telephone calls and implied that Erdoğan may have been controlling the protests personally.

“Date: July 1, 2016.

Time: Around 11.30pm.

The Hesse Police are listening to a telephone call.

Turkish President Erdoğan is on the line.

He is speaking with AKP parliamentarian Metin Külünk, who is in Berlin.

At that time, the German parliament is debating a draft law on the Armenian genocide.

Külünk says: “How are you, dear President?”

Then he talks about the protests about the law in Berlin and says: “I await your orders”.

Erdoğan says he will get back in touch with Külünk and then says: “Good night”.”

The magazine added that an investigation was ongoing into links between Külünk and Turkey’s secret services after it emerged that Külünk had provided funding to the Osmanen Germania boxing gang several times last year.

The money, it said, was used to buy weapons to be used against Kurdish groups.

Around 1,000 Turks joined protests outside Germany’s Bundestag against the bill, which called for a commemoration of the Armenian genocide of 1915 and 1916.

The Turkish government denies the mass killing of Armenians during World War One constituted a genocide and Turkish officials described the German bill as “null and void” and “an historical mistake”.