Erdogan Seeks to 'Redefine' Terrorism to Include Anyone Who 'Serves Aims of Terrorists'

New definition would include legislators, academics, journalists and activists; 'Either they're on our side, or on side of the terrorists,' Turkish president says.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
AFP

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.

"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.