Scott Morrison calls in Turkish ambassador over President Tayyip Erdogan's Gallipoli comments

New Zealand scolds Turkey’s Erdogan over airing massacre footage

But on Monday, during a commemoration of Ottoman soldiers killed in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign against British, Australian and New Zealand forces, the Turkish firebrand warned New Zealanders that he would return any would-be terrorists "in caskets" if they attempted to bring anti-muslim attacks to Turkey.

The Turkish people will not allow Istanbul to become Constantinople, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, in reference to the city's former Christian name, which was reportedly referenced by the attacker who recently carried out an act of terrorism on two mosques in New Zealand.

"I don't find them very accurate or truthful as well because the actions of the Australian and New Zealand government [s] have been consistent with our values of welcoming and supporting people from all around the world".

"What business did you have here? Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers".

Erdoğan told supporters: "If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account". He was referring to comments by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of Turkey's main opposition party, who said in a recent speech that the Islamic world "needs to sit and think: Why is there terror in my country?"

Ignoring Israeli police's attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinians in the occupied territories, Netanyahu added: "Erdogan should learn from us how to respect all religions and uphold human rights".

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Erdogan, campaigning for local elections this month, has presented the attack as part of an assault on Turkey and Islam more broadly and projected the video of the killings at his rallies over the weekend.

It follows news that during Turkish election rallies held hours after the attacks took place, Mr Erdogan showed footage of the deadly massacres to supporters of his Islam-rooted Justice and Development Party (AK Party) - a move that has since been condemned by Christchurch for possibly endangering New Zealanders travelling overseas.

The video prompted widespread condemnation.

Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch shootings during the first 24 hours after the massacre. "The Council also acknowledges the solidarity of the Christchurch community and the good citizens of New Zealand".

Peters announced on Tuesday that he would be traveling to Turkey this week at Istanbul's request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

The Gallipoli reference is also particularly touchy, given that it is the basis of the Anzac Day national public holiday in Australia and New Zealand.

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