Kurds Ask for Peace, Turkey Attacks
by Uzay Bulut • October 18, 2015 at 5:00 am
Just after the bombing attack in Ankara, Turkish authorities said that the Islamic State (ISIS) was responsible. But in response, Turkish jets did not bomb ISIS; they bombed the Kurdish PKK, who are fighting ISIS.
Where were the special forces and the police, so quick to shoot Kurds but not protect them? The police delayed medical help, and instead attacked with tear gas the people that were helping the wounded, in an effort to disperse them.
"The PKK ceasefire means nothing for us. The operations will continue without a break." -- Senior Turkish security official.
"Ankara is the capital of Turkey. If a bird flies here, the state knows about it. ... There was a rally of 100,000 people but no security precautions were taken. Look at their own rallies: the security precautions start 10 streets away." -- Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairman of the Kurdish HDP Party.
Many massacres have been carried out against the Kurds. None of the perpetrators has ever been punished -- in those massacres, the planners were the state authorities themselves.
At least 105 people were killed and more than 400 wounded in the Oct. 10 Ankara suicide bombings. For a long time after the explosions, neither police nor ambulances came to the scene -- victims were left to fend for themselves. When police arrived, they fired tear gas at the wounded and those helping them.
On October 10, the Kurds in Turkey were exposed to yet another massacre – this time a double suicide bombing in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, in the center of town.
This time, two explosions ripped through a peaceful crowd that had gathered outside the entrance to Ankara's central railway station to proclaim an end to violence in a "Labor, Peace and Democracy" rally.
Together with the Kurds were officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP); supporters of left-wing parties, and members of trade unions in Turkey -- all calling for peace and democracy.
At least 105 people were killed, according to the Turkish Medical Association, and more than 400 injured.
One victim, Meryem Bulut, was a 70-year-old member of the "Saturday Mothers" group, who have protested about their missing sons and daughters since the 1990s. Her grandchild died last year fighting against ISIS in the Yazidi town of Sinjar, Iraq.