Trump Denies Capitol Raiders In Reaction To “Impeachment”

Washington Correspondent

Updated:01/14/2021 09:29h


Moments after he became the only president to be twice disapproved by the impeachment procedure, Donald Trump released a video recorded in the Oval Office denouncing the violence of those who looted the Capitol on January 6.

«That violence goes against everything I believe in and everything that our movement represents, “Trump said in the video, without assuming any responsibility for the speech prior to the looting, in which he invited the crowd to surround the Capitol to denounce alleged electoral fraud.

«No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass his fellow citizens, ”Trump said in the video.

On the intelligence reports that assure that there will be more protests in the inauguration of Joe Biden, on January 20, Trump calls for these to be peaceful. The Democrat, however, has asked his supporters not to accuse Washington for his oath, to prevent infections in the pandemic.

The 222 Democratic deputies and 10 Republicans voted in favor before of failing Trump for inciting insurrection on January 6, after months of refusing to admit defeat, despite seeing all of his lawsuits dismissed, including one in the Supreme Court.

On those who stormed the Capitol with posters and flags bearing the name Trump, whom he initially described on social media as «patriots», The president says now that they actually damage his movement. “They have done serious damage to our country, and we cannot tolerate it,” Trump said.

Since the insurrection, which the FBI and the prosecution are investigating, more than a hundred people have been arrested for coordinating a plan to besiege the Capitol and trying to prevent the validation of the election results, which Democrat Joe Biden won.

The main social networks have expelled Trump, and numerous companies and clients have cut ties with his family company. Only after this repudiation, including the 10 Republican deputies who joined the Democrats to disapprove him in the House, has the president decided to address the nation in a video of just over two minutes, recorded and during which he reads a text prepared before .

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Turkey sentences journalist Can Dündar to 27 years for espionage and terrorism | The World | DW

Dündar was editor of the Cumhuriyet newspaper in 2015, when he published photographs of an arms shipment from Turkey to Syria in trucks protected by agents of the Turkish secret services, information considered a “state secret”.

The journalist has been sentenced to 18 years and 9 months in prison for “espionage” and to eight years and nine months for “financing a terrorist organization.”

Can Dündar, durante una conferencia del Global Media Forum, de DW. (2019).

Dündar, exiled in Germany after spending three months in preventive detention, weighs a search and arrest warrant for not appearing in the trials and his property has been confiscated.

His lawyers also did not appear at the hearing on Wednesday (12.23.2020) after declaring that it was a “fair trial”.

Dündar was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 for “revealing state secrets”, but the Turkish Supreme Court overturned the sentence in March 2018 and sent the case back to the lower court, which repeated the trial and delivered a sentence today.

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Turkey sentences 27 to life imprisonment for 2016 coup

A Turkish court has sentenced 27 people to life in prison for the failed 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

All were found guilty of “an attempt to overthrow the constitutional order”, “attempted assassination of the president” and “voluntary homicides”, according to what the French news agency reported on Thursday. AFP.

The majority of those convicted is made up of the pilots, who bombed emblematic sites in Ankara, the capital, such as Parliament, and the officers who led the attempt from the Akinci military base. Four civilians, including businessman Kemal Batmaz, were also sentenced to 79 aggravated life sentences.

In total, 475 people were tried in this trial, considered the most important, on the failed coup from July 15 to 16, 2016.

Erdogan accuses the preacher Fethulá Gülen of having plotted the coup, but he – a former ally of the Turkish president who resides in the United States – denies any involvement.

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Unanimous condemnation of the Arab world to the attacks in France

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait or Jordan have lamented the terrorist attack. Even the Erdogan government stressed that “no reason can justify the murder of a person or violence”

The conviction comes after the escalation of verbal violence between France and the Arab world. Turkey called for a boycott of French products

“Terrorism is a common enemy that has nothing to do with a specific religion and goes against the values ​​of life and peace that the Islamic religion represents,” said the Jordanian Foreign Ministry.

The attack that this morning has claimed the lives of three people at the hands of a radical Islamist in the Notre Dame de Nice basilica has unleashed a cstream of solidarity and unanimous condemnation in the Arab world. A special reaction given the escalation of tension between some Muslim countries and France, after the call for a boycott of French products by the Turkish President, Taiyip Erdogan.

So, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Jordan Today they condemned the attack, that the terrorist acts “contradict” the teachings of Islam and other religions. In a statement, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the “terrorist attack” and stressed that “extremist acts are contrary to all human religions and beliefs.” “We recall the importance of rejecting such practices that generate hatred, violence and extremism,” the note stated.

“Energetic” condemnation of Turkey

Own Turkish government has “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack and has stressed that “no reason can justify the murder of a person or justify violence.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry notes in a statement posted on its website that those who “organize such a brutal attack on a holy place of worship do not respect religious, humanitarian and moral values.”

For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, He also stated in a statement his “categorical rejection” of the attack in France, the third in just over a month, and pointed out that the terrorist attacks “contradict the teachings of all religions.”

Likewise, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain they also condemned the attack and rejected “all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism, for whatever reasons,” the respective foreign departments of the four countries indicated, as well as the Lebanese President Michel Aoun in a brief tweet.

End hatred between peoples

Along these lines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait made reference in another note to the need to “double international efforts to reject any practice that generates hatred between peoples and fuels extremism and terrorism.”

“Terrorism is a common enemy that has nothing to do with a specific religion and goes against the values ​​of life and peace that the Islamic religion represents,” the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published in Twitter

Moreover, today, Al Azhar, the Sunni institution of reference in the Middle East and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, formed by 57 countries, warned of “the escalation of the discourse of violence and hatred”, on a day in which Muslim countries celebrate the anniversary of the prophet Muhammad or Aíd al Mawlid.

Avoid cartoons of Muhammad

The Superior Council of Ulemas of Morocco, the highest religious body below the king, today ordered its imams to avoid in their sermons tomorrow Friday the issue of Muhammad cartoons, which have caused great controversy in recent days throughout the Muslim world.

In a circular from a regional instance of the Council published today by the portal, and which ensures that it has been received throughout the country, the Council does not explicitly refer to the cartoons, which on the other hand it condemned without ambiguity three days ago in an “ad hoc” statement.

In your circular today, you urge all magnets to “get away from political battles” and “avoid insults to people, institutions and States”, alluding to France, which these days is suffering a commercial boycott campaign in several Muslim countries.

Macron, in Nice

Conviction in Europe

In Europe, the condemnation has also been absolute. Thus, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has sent a message to Emmanuel Macron, assuring that “the cynical and cruel crime” generates special indignation in him for having taken place inside a church.

European leaders have unanimously condemned the Nice attack, which has killed three people. “Consternation”, “Indignation” or “cruel crime” are part of the sentiments expressed by leaders such as the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Italian Prime Minister, Giussepe Conte, or the British Boris Johnson, who has described the attack as “barbarian”. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the United Kingdom unconditionally supports France in the fight against terror and intolerance,” added the ‘premier’ in a tweet.

What will be the new security device?

Macron has announced that the military security device will increase from 3,000 to 7,000 soldiers in the country. This increase will protect places of worship during the upcoming All Saints holiday and schools for the return of the autumn holidays, which takes place from next week, said the French president.

In addition, he has convened a Defense Council for this Friday in which, he has assured, more measures will be taken, while he has promised to “protect” citizens and “respond” with “firmness and unity” to the attack, the third that the country suffers in a month.

The basilica, after the attack

In what context does the attack come?

It should be remembered that France is currently on high alert after the death of a teacher on the outskirts of Paris at the hands of an 18-year-old young man of Chechen origin for showing cartoons of Muhammad in a freedom of expression class, the same published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and which motivated the attacks against the weekly in 2015. In addition to the cartoons, the measures that France has taken against some Islamist groups, such as the expulsion from the country of its most radical leaders, have caused friction among the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and French President Emmanuel Macron. Erdogan has even called for a boycott of French products.

Have there been more attacks?

Yes. This very Thursday morning a man who was threatening passersby with a weapon in the street in the French city of Avignon has been killed by the police. In addition, in Saudi Arabia, a citizen has attacked with a sharp object a security guard at the French consulate in the city of Jeddah, in the west of the country, causing him minor injuries, according to the official SPA agency.


Turkey condemns the cover of the new issue of the magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’, which caricatures Erdogan

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The spokesman for the Turkish Presidency, Fahrettin Altun, has pointed out that the cover is a “disgusting” effort by the publication “to spread its racism and cultural hatred”, before stating that the drawings “lack any real sense of human decency. “.

“It is clearly the product of a xenophobic, Islamophobic and intolerant cultural environment that the French leadership seems to want for their country,” Altun has made ugly in a series of messages posted on his Twitter social network account.

In this context, he recalled that Turkey “has made it clear” that it opposes “any act of violence against civilians and any act of terrorism in the name of Islam”, although the country “will not remain silent” in the face of “the disgusting attacks on our culture and religion, no matter where they come from, “he warned.

“Once again, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic incitements will not be able to incite us to reciprocate in the same way,” he added, denying that Turkey will “bow” to “intimidation and provocations” based on a “perception of victimization.” .

“This type of irresponsible and senseless attacks on our culture will only generate racism and discrimination,” he reiterated, before calling on “all sensible European friends” to “fight against this type of primitive cultural racism, intellectual sterility and discourse. uncivilized”.

Altun has also defended the figure of Erdogan as the “most humanitarian leader of recent times” when it comes to hosting “millions of refugees” from around the world. “Those who have not lifted a finger to help women, children and the disabled are now targeting our leader with their obscenity,” he criticized.

The cover of the new issue of ‘Charlie Hebdo’, which goes on sale this Wednesday, shows a man who is supposed to be Erdogan seated in an armchair lifting traditional Arab clothing to a woman holding two glasses on a tray. Next to the drawing, it can be read “Erdogan in private is very funny”, while the man, who sports a large mustache, says “Oh! The prophet!”.


The tension between France and Turkey is maximum due to the publication of cartoons of Muhammad and the declarations of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who promised not to “renounce the publication” of these drawings, after the beheading of a professor who showed them during a class.

During the day on Friday, the cartoons were projected in various public buildings, unleashing a wave of criticism from Muslim-majority countries and a call for a boycott of French goods in response to Macron’s statements.

Erdogan joined the call for a boycott of French products on Monday, citing “hostility to Islam” after questioning Macron’s “mental health”. “Hostility to Islam has become political in some European countries, supported at the highest levels,” he criticized.

The killing of Samuel Paty has shocked France, where more than 250 people have been killed in attacks by extremist Islamists in recent years. Among those killed are 12 people who worked at ‘Charlie Hebdo’, who died in an attack perpetrated in January 2015 at the weekly’s offices.


The EU condemns Turkey for its hydrocarbon exploration

European Union leaders condemned Turkey’s actions in the Mediterranean, where its hydrocarbon exploration operations aggravated old tensions with Greece and Cyprus, and urged the Ankara government to “reverse those actions.” In addition, they urged Turkey to “reverse these actions” and ensure the reduction of tensions in the area.


Syria condemns Turkey’s international conduct

Syria became the first state to condemn Turkey’s international conduct.

In a television interview on October 6, 2020, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recalled Turkey’s support for the jihadists of the Islamic Emirate (Daesh) and Ankara’s trade with that terrorist organization.

Next, President Assad accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being the organizer of the attack on Upper Karabakh, specifying that the objective of the hostilities is to divert the attention of Turkish public opinion from the increasingly internal problems. serious in Turkey.

At the same time, the ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN sent a letter to the Security Council in which he reviews the crimes committed in Syria by the Turkish government.

On the same day, Abkhazia, in a conflict situation with Georgia comparable to the situation in Upper Karabakh vis-à-vis Azerbaijan, opened a diplomatic representation at the embassy level in Damascus, the Syrian capital.