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Thousands Gather at Scene of Ankara Bombings as Nation Mourns

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Tweet: “My sisters wanted peace. They killed them.”
teleSUR | October 11, 2015

Thousands of mourners gathered in Ankara Sunday close to the site where a bombing at a pro-Kurdish democracy rally took place and killed at least 95 people on Saturday. According to social media reports, the protesters were attempting to place flowers at the site of the blast but were prevented by the police.

“Murderer (President Tayyip) Erdogan”, “murderer police”, the crowd chanted in Sihhiye square, as riot police backed by water cannon vehicles blocked a main highway leading to the district where parliament and government buildings are located.

The rally Saturday was attended by hundreds of people and many lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party, or HDP. Several Twitter accounts were tweeting Sunday threads of photos of those who lost their lives.

So far the government says that autopsies have identified at least two suicide bombers. Despite the presence of many Kurds at the rally, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Kurdish movement Kurdistan’s Workers’ Party, or PKK, could be behind the attacks.

Turkey and the PKK have resumed fighting after the government launched an operation against the group back in July, ending a two-year ceasefire.

The biggest terror attack in Turkey’s history comes a few weeks before the general election in November 1. A government official said Sunday that postponing the elections because of the attack was not on the table or an option at all.

The HDP, a major presence at Saturday’s march, said Sunday that police attacked its leaders and members as they tried to leave carnations earlier at the scene of the bombing. Some were hurt in the melee, it said in a statement.

Some have suggested militant nationalists, who oppose any agreement with the Kurds or granting them minority rights in Turkey, might have been behind the attacks. Meanwhile, Turkish investigators were working on identifying the party responsible for the attacks.

Newspapers Sunday reflected mixed feelings between mourning and anger. “We are in mourning for peace,” said the front-page headline in the secularist newspaper Cumhuriyet. “Scum Launch attack in Ankara,” said Haberturk newspaper. “The goal is to divide the nation,” said the pro-government Star.

October 11, 2015 - Posted by | False Flag Terrorism, Militarism, Solidarity and Activism | ,

2 Comments »

  1. It’s endless, all endless….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | October 11, 2015 | Reply

  2. Bombing a peace rally … Who benefits?

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    Comment by rediscover911com | October 11, 2015 | Reply


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