Turkey's president is calling for his country to "redefine" terror and terrorists so that their legal scope can expand to anyone supporting terror — including legislators, academics, journalists or activists.
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"Either they are on our side, or on the side of the terrorists," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that "there was no difference between "a terrorist holding a gun or a bomb and those who use their position and pen to serve the aims of the terrorist."
Erdogan's call followed a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Ankara that killed 37 people. His statement appeared to be directed at a pro-Kurdish political party that the Turkish leader accuses of being the political arm of the Kurdish rebels; opposition journalists he accuses of supporting his foes; and a group of academics who are facing prosecution for calling on the government to end conflict against the PKK.