Turkey - Erdogan distributes tea to fire victims - Violent reactions

Turkish president's visit comes amid fires against government over crisis management

a 15 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, fire

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was found in Marmaris, one of the areas affected by the major forest fires of the last 24 hours in Turkey, on Saturday night.

The Turkish president's visit came amid fires against the government over crisis management.

In his speech, Erdogan reiterated, among other things, the narrative of sabotage regarding the causes of fires, noting that with the help of foreign countries, the number of firefighting aircraft he operates has increased significantly.

In fact, in an attempt to quell public anger and strong criticism for insufficient aerial support for firefighting operations, he distributed tea to the fire victims, provoking strong reactions from citizens and politicians.

"You threw tea at the heads of people whose hearts are 'burning,'" said Muharrem Ince, leader of the Patrida party. Your condition is not a matter of politics, it is a condition that medical people have to deal with. "I refer this president, who pours tea to people whose homeland is burning and whose heart is burning, to Turkish doctors."

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