Protestors chanting “murderer Erdoğan” and other anti-government slogans gathered on Sunday afternoon for a mass funeral ceremony for the 41 victims of a suicide attack that rocked the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Saturday evening.
Mourners also reacted against a group of ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies and officials including Gaziantep Mayor Fatma Şahin who wanted to attend the ceremony, preventing them from joining the crowds. They had to leave the area amid protests.
In a statement on SUNDAY 6 Nov, 2016 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said preliminary investigations show the attack had been perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), adding that it killed a total of 51 people, wounded 69 others 17 of whom are in critical condition.
The bomb went off in a part of town with a large Kurdish community and many Kurds were at the wedding.
Funeral services were held for the 41 victims of the attack at Yeşilkent cemetery where thousands of mourners gathered chanting “murderer Erdoğan” and other anti-government slogans.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairperson Figen Yüksekdağ, HDP deputies Nursel AYdoğan, İbrahim Ayhan, Behçet Yıldırım ile Mahmut Toğrul as well as other Kurdish politicians such as Sebahat Tuncel and Ertuğrul Kürkçü were in attendance at the funeral ceremony.
Autopsy procedures were still going on for the remaining 10 victims.
Turkish government has long been criticized for collaborating with ISIL and facilitating the passage of its militants from Turkey’s borders.
Turkey received an outpouring of solidarity messages from across the world after a suicide bomber who blew himself up at an outdoor wedding ceremony killed 51 people and wounded dozens of others in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Saturday.
AND NOW ITS….GERMANY “Turkey’s intelligence agency reported to be threatening German Turks” Aug 21, 2016 TurkishMinute Reported:
Germans of Turkish origin are being “menaced” in Germany by informants and officers of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT), according to a story in the Sunday edition of the Die Welt newspaper.
The newspaper said Bundestag intelligence oversight committee members were demanding answers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on MİT activities in Germany in the wake of a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.
Ankara had 6,000 MİT informants plus MİT officers in Germany who were putting pressure on German Turks, the newspaper claimed.
Some 3.7 million of Germany’s 81-million-strong population are either German nationals of Turkish origin or Turks who are long-term residents of the Federal Republic.
MİT, headed by powerful civilian director Hakan Fidan, is directly answerable to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who both blame the coup attempt on Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic scholar living in Pennsylvania.
The Turkish government and President Erdoğan have designated the faith-based Gülen movement, inspired by Gülen and which runs charities, schools and businesses around the world, as a terrorist organization and have launched a widespread crackdown on suspected members since the failed coup.
Turkey asks German intelligence for help in Gülen crackdown
In a related development German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that Turkey has asked German intelligence to help in its crackdown on the Gülen movement. The request comes as Turkey accuses the West of not doing enough against schools, charities and businesses tied to the movement.
The Turkish government has asked Germany’s BND intelligence agency to help round up supporters of the Gülen movement, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating last month’s failed coup attempt, Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.
Citing classified documents, Der Spiegel said Turkey’s MİT intelligence agency requested that the BND search for 40 people and extradite another three for links to the Gülen movement, which runs a global network of schools, charities and businesses.
According to Der Spiegel, MİT also asked its German counterpart to influence policymakers and lawmakers to take a tougher stand against the Gülen movement. Turkish diplomats have also reportedly approached 11 German states to request cooperation, but all rejected a demand for the local BND branches to monitor the movement.