Ultranationalists meet Istanbul refugee solidarity protest with violence

With hostility towards the millions of refugees in Turkey continuing to mount, a group of NGOs gathered in Istanbul on July 27 to stand in solidarity with Syrian asylum seekers.

An ultranationalist group violently disrupted the protest, with chants of “Turkey is Turkish, and so it will remain.” Plainclothes policemen seized placards and detained the counter-protestors.

The presence of refugees has polarized Turkish society. Violent acts of protest took place in June, reacting to the reported verbal harassment by a Syrian boy, including attacks on stores with Arabic-language signs.

 

source: Rudaw