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April 18, 2016 6:16 am

Germans Oppose Merkel on Allowing Prosecution of Comedian Who Criticized Turkish Leader

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Angela Merkel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Angela Merkel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Reuters – Two thirds of Germans oppose Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, a poll published on Sunday showed.

Merkel announced her decision on Friday after Erdogan demanded that Germany press charges against Jan Boehmermann after he recited a sexually crude satirical poem about the Turkish leader on German public broadcaster ZDF on March 31.

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