Turkish officials have condemned what they said was a "racist attack" against a Turkish national in Germany.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik said on May 16 that he "strongly condemns" police violence against a Turkish national in Germany’s Frankfurt.
“This is a racist and fascist attack. It has nothing to do with public order,” Çelik said on Twitter, sharing the video of the police using violence against the Turkish national.
Bu ırkçı ve faşist bir saldırıdır. Kamu düzeni ile ilgisi yoktur. #Almanya'nın #Frankfurt kentinde vatandaşımıza uygulanan bu faşizan polis şiddetini en güçlü şekilde kınıyoruz.— Ömer Çelik (@omerrcelik) May 16, 2021
Selim Çiftçi, 35, reportedly with mental disabilities, was subjected to police violence in the middle of the street in Frankfurt. He was treated at the hospital.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Çiftçi's sister Hatice Götürmen said her brother's kidneys were severely damaged due to police brutality.
Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also took to Twitter to condemn "the use of disproportionate force" by the German police.
“The footage from Germany must alarm anyone with a conscience and respect for human rights. It also proves that xenophobia is rapidly rising in Europe,” Altun said.
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the German police’s use of disproportionate force against a disabled Turkish citizen.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) May 16, 2021
The footage from Germany must alarm anyone with a conscience and respect for human rights.
It also proves that xenophobia is rapidly rising in Europe. https://t.co/uKZiZDyZy0
Yavuz Selim Kıran, Turkey’s deputy foreign minister, also condemned the violence and said the incident would be closely followed by relevant authorities at all levels.
#Almanya'nın Frankfurt kentinde vatandaşımıza uygulanan polis şiddetini kınıyoruz.— Yavuz Selim KIRAN (@yavuzselimkiran) May 16, 2021
Vatandaşımızın babası Mustafa Çiftçi ve Ağabeyi Yavuz Çiftçi ile görüşerek geçmiş olsun dileklerimizi ilettik.
Konuyu her düzeyde ilgili makamlar nezdinde yakından takip edeceğiz. pic.twitter.com/Cm5p2AvMe6