Former US Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffries spoke to DW ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the country.
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Out on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday’s local elections, there are few doubts about who Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has in mind when he vows to “liquidate” his foes.
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Ali Ihsan Kokturk, lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), got a bloodied nose in the brawl, while ruling party lawmaker Bayram Ozcelik’s finger was broken.
Some protesters were also handing out fake dollars with Erdogan’s photo on them.