The Turkish Foreign Ministry denounced Thursday the Austrian parliament’s decision to go ahead with its ban on what Vienna calls “extremist symbols,” including a Turkish gesture of the “grey wolf,” and called it a “complete scandal”.
“The fact that a regulation published on Feb. 11 in accordance with the Austrian Interior Ministry’s so-called “symbols law” includes the ‘grey wolf’, which is the symbol of a legal political party in our country, is on the same list as the symbol of a bloody terrorist organization like the PKK is a complete scandal, and thought-provoking as it shows the point reached by populism,” the ministry said, reiterating that it strongly condemns the move.
The “grey wolf” gesture, which is associated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), is formed by placing the ring and middle fingers on the thumb, thus forming the head of a wolf — a symbol of Turkish nationalism
Calling it an “irrational and illogical decision,” the ministry said Austria has not only targeted a political party and its supporters who use this symbol with the ban, but also politics as a whole and its legitimate political basis.
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