ANKARA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Turkish prosecutors on Friday opened an investigation into a protest against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, the semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.
The decision came after the Turkish president filed a criminal complaint with Turkish prosecutors over the protest.
“A criminal complaint has been submitted to Ankara’s chief prosecutor, demanding an investigation be opened by the perpetrators of the criminal acts targeting our president,” Erdogan’s lawyer Huseyin Aydin said on Twitter.
Ankara considers the latest protest against Erdogan to be a criminal provocation by supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Sweden.
The demonstrators hung a doll that resembled Erdogan in a recent demonstration in Stockholm.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Swedish ambassador Staffan Herrström to protest the “terrorist propaganda” against Erdogan. The Turkish Parliament also canceled the visit of the Speaker of the Swedish Riksdag to Türkiye.
Sweden has sought Turkey’s approval to join NATO, but Ankara has said that Sweden must take a clearer stance against what it sees as terrorists. There is still no significant breakthrough on this issue.