Erdogan blasts ‘tainted blood’ of German MPs over genocide vote
ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused German lawmakers of Turkish origin in the German parliament of having “tainted blood” after they backed a resolution recognising massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Eleven German MPs with Turkish roots, led by the co-chairman of The Greens Cem Ozdemir, backed the resolution which has caused acrimonious exchanges between Ankara and Berlin.
“Do occasionally some people that have tainted blood turn up? Of course they do. But our nation gives them the lesson they deserve,” Erdogan said in a speech late Wednesday.
He said that such people with “tainted blood” include “terrorists” and their supporters, in reference to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).—APP