Turkish President,

He said during a media chat in Ankara that he did not care if Europe called him a dictator as he cracked down on the Kurdish militant group and its sympathisers.

“Europe, as a whole, is abetting terrorism. Even though they declared the PKK a terrorist organisation, this is clear; we see how the PKK can act so freely and comfortably in Europe.

“I don’t care if they call me dictator or whatever else; it goes in one ear, out the other. What matters is what my people call me,” he said.

Erdogan warned that any of the parliamentarians that behaved as terrorists would be treated as such.

He said that Turkey’s judiciary was independent and that nobody, including him, had the right or authority to interfere in judicial process.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Turkey has drawn international criticism following the detention on Friday of the leaders of the pro-Kurdish HDP, the parliament’s second largest opposition party, as part of a terrorism probe.

The government has accused the HDP of links to the PKK, which the party had denied.