Turkish PM Erdoğan slams Gülen movement as ‘spy ring entering the ruler’s harem’

A picture provided by the Turkish Prime Minister’s press office shows thousands of supporters of Turkey’s ruling party Justice and Development Party (AKP) cheering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during an election campaign rally in Istanbul

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has yet again slammed the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, this time describing it as a “spy ring” and accusing it of entering “the harem of those who run the country.”

“You cannot listen to the prime minister, the president, the parliamentary speaker or ministers. No judge can give such an order. But those, because they are a spy ring, have used all means, including eavesdropping on us,” Erdoğan said during a rally in the Black Sea province of Trabzon on March 24, entering the home stretch of a bruising electoral campaign for the weekend’s local polls.

“Think about it, they have even entered the harem of those who rule the country. They use this as a way of threatening. But whatever they are able to do, soon or later we will enter their own den,” the prime minister added.

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Interesting choice of metaphor.