Syrian Kurds in Turkey protest against “brutality of Turkish border guards”


From Istanbul protest on May 25, 2014. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The Turkish cities of Istanbul and Batman saw on Sunday large protests by Kurds who gathered to condemn the Killing, arrest and torture of Syrian Kurdish civilians by the Turkish border guards. Several incidents were reported from the Syrian-Turkish borders where Kurdish civilians who fled northeastern Syria were captured while trying to cross the borders into Turkey, and they were either detained and tortured or killed.

In Sultan Ahmat Square in Istanbul, dozens of Syrian Kurdish citizens gathered, with the participation of Kurdish political figures, such as Fouad Aliko, member of the Political Committee of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, Sipan Ahmed, representative of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in the National Coalition of the Syrian revolutionary forces and opposition, carrying slogans in Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish, denouncing what they called “the practices of the Turkish border guards of killings, beatings, systematic humiliation and arrests against the Kurdish people of Syria”.

The participants demanded the Turkish authorities to open the border crossing and allow access of humanitarian aid and facilitate the citizens’ movement from and into Syria’s Kurdish areas.

The city of Batman saw similar movement, where members of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Turkey (PDK), participated along with dozens of Syrian Kurdish citizens in a protest condemning what they called “brutal behaviour of Turkish border guards against Syria’s Kurds”.

Abdul Majid Temir, member of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK) –which organized the protest, told ARA News that after the Turkish border guards killed more than 20 peaceful fleeing refugees, such as Suad Doshi who was escaping a very hard living condition in Syria, and the siege imposed on many areas of Syria in general and Syria’s Kurdish areas in particular, the TCK issued a statement condemning the Turkish border guards’ practices against the innocent Kurdish refugees.

“We (TCK) organized this peaceful protest in Batman and Istanbul to deliver our message to the Turkish government, asking them to stop the killing, torture and inhuman practices against our citizens from ‘Syria’s Kurdistan’,” Temir stated. “We called for reopening the border crossings with Kurdish areas near Azaz, Jarablos and Tel Abyad (Girespi).”

“We sent a message to the Prime Minister Mr. Recp Tayyip Erdogan, through the office of his party in Batman, calling on the Turkish government to prevent discrimination and segregation,” Temir added.

Sipan Ahmed, member of the KNC who also participated in the Istanbul protest, stated to ARA News that the Turkish security didn’t intervene into their protest in Istanbul. “Some Turkish nationalists tried to interrupt us, but they didn’t succeed.”

“The Turkish border guards’ violations towards Syrians near the borders have increased recently, especially towards people from the Kurdish areas,” Ahmed said.

Noteworthy, the protest which was called for by the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK) came after the documentation of 18 different cases of torture and killing by Turkish border guards against Syrian Kurdish refugees.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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