Erdogan attacks LGBTQ ahead of crucial vote

Erdogan attacks LGBTQ ahead of crucial vote

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday launched a new attack against Turkey’s LGBTQ community in a bid to rally his conservative voters in the May 14 elections.

Turkey’s longest-serving leader has campaigned tirelessly since withdrawing over a health scare that sidelined him for three days last week.

Polls show the 69-year-old running alongside left-wing secular leader Kemal Kilikdaroglu in one of the most important electoral races in Turkey’s post-Ottoman history.

Erdogan’s campaign is being hampered by a raging economic crisis and discontent over the government’s response to February’s earthquake, which killed more than 50,000 people in Turkey’s southeast.

He has hit back by launching daily barbs at both the West and the opposition’s support for liberal causes such as LGBTQ and women’s rights.

“We are against LGBT,” Erdogan said at a rally in the Black Sea city of Grisons on Thursday.

“Family is sacred to us. A strong family means a strong nation. No matter what they do, God is enough for us.”

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