Turkish people against war


This video from Turkey is called Taksim Istanbul Anti-Erdogan War with Syria Protest.

By Chris Marsden:

Mass protest against threatened Turkey-Syria war

6 October 2012

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria. Marchers streamed through the capital’s commercial district, opposing Turkey’s alliance with the United States and pledging support for the Syrian people.

The demonstration took place after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government used its majority in parliament to grant Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers to send soldiers into “foreign countries”.

The clear intent is to wage a cross-border offensive to depose the regime of Bashir al-Assad without consulting the national assembly. The motion submitted allows the government to determine “the scope, extent and time” of any possible intervention.

The motion was passed after a stray shell from Syria killed five people in the Turkish border town of Akçakale Wednesday. Two days of mortar fire followed; Turkish fighter jets also carried out strikes on targets including a Syrian military camp, killing an unspecified number of soldiers.

The measure, denounced as a “war bill”, was opposed by the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). AKP spokesmen denied that war was being considered, but Erdogan called the mortar shells that hit Akçakale “at the threshold of armed attacks” and pledged “to act in a timely and quick manner against additional risks and threats facing our country.”

The parliamentary session was held in closed session, under AKP instructions. Demonstrators outside parliament in Ankara were attacked by police with teargas.

Internationally, Turkey engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity to secure support for its stand. It called repeatedly for the support of its NATO military allies against an external threat, citing Article 4 of the NATO treaty. …

The resolution moved in parliament was in fact dated September 20, showing that the AKP cynically used Akçakale as a pretext to promote pre-existing plans to obtain authorization for an invasion of Syria. …

The Turkish media reflected these concerns, with Ismail Kucukkaya, writing in centre-right Aksam urging, “Let us scream from the very beginning: No war!” Warning of “incalculable dangers”, he asked, “Are we right to make a war and do we have enough legitimate reasons? Does the nation want that? Will our economy bear this?”

Melih Asik in Milliyet warned: “We’ve reached a critical point. We’re not only up against Syria, but also Iran, Iraq, Russia and China which support Damascus. Behind us, there is nothing but the provocative attitudes and empty promises of the United States.”

Fears of war between Turkey and Syria intensified today as Turkish artillery fired across the border for the fifth day in a row: here.

Yesterday marked the fifth day of artillery clashes along the Syrian-Turkish border, amid rising fears that the fighting could trigger a war that would spread across the Middle East: here.

Turkey’s retaliation against Syria marks a dangerous new phase in the conflict — one that threatens to grow into a regional confrontation. That, though, might be what Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has in mind, say German editorialists on Friday: here.

NATO said today it had “all necessary plans in place” to come to Turkey’s assistance if crossfire over the Syrian border escalates into war: here.

The trial of 69 Kurdish trade union organisers which started yesterday should remind the world of the continued denial of democratic and national rights in Turkey. These trade unionists are being prosecuted under the country’s anti-terrorist legislation for being leaders of the Kurdish Communities Union (KCM): here.

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