Turkey’s president has come under fire after telling a tearful young girl in military uniform the country would honour her if she became a martyr.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited the girl on stage on Saturday during a televised meeting for his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party.
The girl appeared to be sobbing as she walked towards the podium. Mr Erdogan kissed her on both cheeks and indicated a Turkish flag in her pocket.
“If she is martyred, a flag will be put on her, God willing,” he says to the crowd. “She is ready for everything, isn’t she?” According to The New York Times, the girl was six years old.
Mr Erdogan gave her a final kiss before letting her go. It was unclear why the girl, who has not been identified, was dressed in military uniform.
Full article: Turkish President Erdogan puts young girl on show as a future martyr (Australian Financial Review)