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Merkel: Turkish comments about Nazis trivialize to victims.

  • Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to The Associated Press in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim told reporters that Germany seems to be taking sides in the upcoming referendum, but he did not repeat the Nazi comparison. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to The Associated Press in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim told reporters that Germany seems to be taking sides in the upcoming referendum, but he did not repeat the Nazi comparison. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to The Associated Press in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that Germany seems to be taking sides in the upcoming referendum, but he did not repeat the Nazi comparison. (AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)

    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to The Associated Press in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that Germany seems to be taking sides in the upcoming referendum, but he did not repeat the Nazi comparison. (AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials accusing Berlin of "Nazi practices" cannot be tolerated.

Merkel told Parliament on Thursday that the remarks are "sad and incredibly misplaced" and are "not justifiable."

She says "we will not allow the victims of the Nazis to be trivialized" by such comparisons.

Erdogan made the comment on the weekend after several German municipalities canceled events in which Turkish Cabinet ministers had planned to address rallies in Germany in support of a national referendum on constitutional reform that would give the Turkish president more powers. About 1.4 million people of Turkish descent living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum.