Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised after telling a girl in military uniform that she would be honoured if killed while fighting.
"If she's martyred, they'll lay a flag on her," he told the sobbing girl at a televised congress of his AK Party.
His supporters cheered "Chief! Take us to Afrin!", in reference to Turkey's operations against Kurdish fighters in Syria's northern Afrin region.
The speech has been described as "child abuse" and a glorification of death. In the event, broadcast live on state television, the young girl dressed as a soldier seems to catch the attention of Mr Erdogan, who then invites her to the stage.
It's quite distressing to see that poor girl sobbing on stage clearly terrified and doesn't want to be wearing that uniform. It's really concerning that he asks her if she is ready for anything and she replies with "yes" considering she is terrified with tears on her face. This seems like brain washing kids to be future soldiers.
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