Open Season Erdogan Supporters Attack Turkish-German Politicians

German politicians with Turkish roots are often insulted and berated on the campaign trail. But xenophobes aren't always to blame. Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan see them as traitors and try to intimidate them.
Sevim Dagdelen of the Left Party says Angela Merkel hasn't been critical enough of Erdogan.

Sevim Dagdelen of the Left Party says Angela Merkel hasn't been critical enough of Erdogan.

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Green Party co-head Cem Özdemir is accompanied by bodyguards everywhere he goes as a result of threats relating to his criticism of Erdogan.

Green Party co-head Cem Özdemir is accompanied by bodyguards everywhere he goes as a result of threats relating to his criticism of Erdogan.

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Cansel Kiziltepe is a member of the German parliament with the center-left Social Democrats. She required bodyguards temporarily after voting in favor of a resolution classifying the early 20th century massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as "genocide."

Cansel Kiziltepe is a member of the German parliament with the center-left Social Democrats. She required bodyguards temporarily after voting in favor of a resolution classifying the early 20th century massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as "genocide."

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