Saturday, May 28, 2005

PM defends student’s right to recite poem

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that the government could not condone the interrogation of a student for reciting the poem “Traitor” by Nazım Hikmet at an event, noting that he too had once experienced similar treatment.

When asked during his official visit to Kazakhstan about the 17-year-old student facing an investigation for reciting a poem, Erdoğan said: “Such incidents ended with the introduction of the Copenhagen criteria, but we want to go even further. Unfortunately the way laws are applied sometimes depends on the persons involved.”

(Source: Turkish Daily News)

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