Writer Aslı Erdoğan: Turks learn to hate Kurds in primary school

Writer Aslı Erdoğan said that Turks have been made to hate Kurds since primary school.

Writer Aslı Erdoğan, 52, gave an interview to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir. She spent four months in prison for criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. She now lives in exile in Frankfurt.

In August, Erdoğan received the writer in danger award Vaclav-Havel.

She said to Le Soir: "We Turks have been made to hate the Kurds since we go to primary school," and went on to explaing that this sort of brain washing is what makes most Turks to deny Kurds and their identity.

According to the newspaper, Erdoğan said that all political forces in the parliament, including the CHP, are "terrorists", except the HDP. "My country lives in an extreme nationalism. Therefore, athletes, intellectuals and ordinary citizens support the government."