Collective punishment: Rioters in Turkish capital target Syrian refugees after teen is stabbed to death (VIDEO)
Shops, apartments and vehicles belonging to Syrian refugees living in Altindag, a suburb of the Turkish capital, were targeted by a mob of rioters incensed over the death of an 18-year-old Turk blamed on two Syrians.
Emirhan Yalcin, 18, was killed in an altercation between Turks and Syrians in the neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon. As night fell on Ankara, an angry mob descended on Altindag, targeting the Syrian refugee community: smashing and looting shops, overturning cars, and throwing bricks and rocks through windows of homes.
After a day of tension between Syrian migrants and Turkish residents in Ankara’s #Altındağ district, stemming from the stabbing and death of a Turkish citizen, crowds gathered to march and attack what they believed were Syrian businesses pic.twitter.com/KTPPeKwupB
— Selin Girit (@selingirit) August 11, 2021
#Altındağ da yapılan provokasyonun ne farkı var Maraş’ta, Çorum’da, Madımak’ta yapılan provokasyonlardan, yöntem olarak, bi düşünün…
Burası muz cumhuruyeti değil, herkes yaptığı provakatörlüğün hesabını verecek. #unutmayın devlet mekanizması geç ama temiz işler… pic.twitter.com/aXkT2UUrUG
— Ömer Baskın ❤🇹🇷 (@Toprak__46) August 12, 2021
At one point, items looted from shops were thrown into a pile on the street and set on fire.
— Shilan Chikh Mousa (@SChikhmousa) August 12, 2021
Turkish media reported that police had used buses to evacuate some Syrians from the neighborhood.
Ankara police said they arrested 76 people, either for involvement in the riot or for making “misleading posts on social media” to incite violence. Of those, 38 people had criminal records, including charges of looting, violence and burglary, police said.
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“They came and shouted ‘Go to Syria’ and then stoned the windows,” one woman, wearing a full niqab, told a local outlet. She said her husband was a martyr – someone who died in the holy war – and showed the shattered glass and the brick that landed in the middle of their dinner.
“I am so afraid,” she added. “What one Syrian does now means trouble for all of us.”
❝Benim kocam şehit, bir çocuğum var. Gelip önce “Suriye’ye gidin” diye bağırdılar sonra da camları taşladılar. Çok korkuyorum❞
— Sığınmacı Sorunu (@siginmacisorunu) August 12, 2021
Though its name means “mountain of gold” in Turkish, Altindag is a poor area of about half a million residents. A number of them are displaced persons from the war in Syria, which began in 2011 when militants backed by Turkey – among other countries – tried to overthrow the government in Damascus.
Ankara continues to back the militants, though the territory under their control has since been reduced to only parts of the Idlib province.
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Source:RT World News