Erdoğan’s statue in Germany removed after only one day

A statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that suddenly appeared in a central square of the German city of Wiesbaden has been removed after only one day due to security concerns, Deutsche Welle reported on Thursday.

The statue was erected as a part of the Wiesbaden Biennale, which took as its theme “Bad News”, and the organisers’ intention was to spark a discussion around the Turkish president. Pro and anti-Erdoğan protesters gathered in the square and the statue was quickly covered with graffiti, including the f-word, and political messages.

The two-tonne, four-metre statue was removed the next day as local police said security could no longer be guaranteed.

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