Sweden: Erdogan effigy ‘act of sabotage’ against NATO bid

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson speaks during the annual Society and Defense Conference in Salen, Sweden, Jan. 8, 2023. [Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via AP]

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Friday denounced a protest by Kurds in central Stockholm, where an effigy of Turkey's president was hung from a lamppost, as an act of "sabotage" against Sweden's bid to join NATO.

The protest outside City Hall on Wednesday drew an angry backlash from Turkey, a NATO member which already had held off on approving Sweden's application to become part of the Western military alliance until the government in Stockholm satisfies its demands.

The speaker of Turkey's parliament, Mustafa Sentop, canceled a visit by Andreas Norlén, the speaker of the Swedish parliament, that was scheduled for next Tuesday. Turkish lawmakers need to ratify Sweden's NATO application for the Nordic nation to become a member.

Turkey has made its approval conditional on Stockholm cracking down on exiled Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara...

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