"There is exploitation of Ataturk and secularizm in Turkey"
Wednesday, July 23 2003 @ 04:39 PM MSD
Saying that "There is exploitation of Ataturkizm and secularizm as well as abusing religion for political purposes in Turkey, and if Turkey has collapsed, it was because of these exploitations," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan started new political polemics in Turkey.
Erdogan made a speech during the opening ceremony of Akcakoca Water Refining Facility in Duzce on Monday and stated that "Many Ataturkist have emerged in this country and have claimed that 'We will carry Turkey to the level of modern civilizations'. However, they caused regression instead of improvement. As there are those who exploit and abuse the religion for political purposes, there are also those who abuse Ataturkism and secularizm in Turkey. If Turkey has collapsed, it was because of these exploitations. Fortunately, now we have a government that will over come this problem and we as people will be in solidarity to pave the way no longer to these abusers."