ANKARA (PanARMENIAN.Net) — Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek has called the Bundestag member from the Green Party Cem Ozdemir “an Armenian,” in order to insult him.
Gokcek has accused Ozdemir of being an “Armenian servant” and traitor. Ozdemir, the son of Turkish immigrants who moved to Turkey, has been highly critical of the Turkish government.
Ozdemir introduced a resolution at the Bundestag for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. German lawmakers approved the bill on June 2, 2016, much to the dissatisfaction of Turkey.
“Sit tight, you Armenian servant,” Gokcek wrote on both his English and Turkish Twitter accounts above a picture of Ozdemir.
Turkish-Armenian lawmaker from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Garo Paylan responded to the mayor’s comment in a tweet.
“Cem Ozdemir will become the pride of Turkey,” Paylan tweeted, calling Gokcek a “racist fascist.”