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Erdogan promises penalties for “abusers” involved in crime during the state of emergency

Hande Atay Alam, translated by Gokce Katkici

Reports of attacks on businesses and robberies are coming in from regions impacted by Monday’s earthquake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding he “will not leave any room for abuse.”

Under the declared state of emergency, the government has “secured the authorities it needs” to crackdown on these crimes, he said in Adiyaman, Turkey.

“From now on, these abusers will be subject to the penalties necessary as soon as they have been apprehended,” Erdogan added.

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