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Massacre in Ankara

It has been reported that at least 92 people have lost their lives and more than 200 have been injured in the attack.

Paramilitary forces have attacked a demonstration organised by non-governmental organisation and trade unions such as KESK, DISK, TMMOB and TTB in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It has been reported that the assailant(s) entered and detonated the explosives near the main train station. Eye witnesses have said that there were 2 or 3 separate explosions. The explosions were detonated in among mostly HDP sympathisers.

While ambulances were late onto the scene, the Turkish police attacked the people, who were trying to help the injured, with gas canisters. This led many injured people to bleed out.

Fuat Uygur, ETHA correspondent who was at the event, said, “The explosion happened near the junction in front of the station. It is said to be a suicide bomber. There are many casualties. Still the ambulances are not here. SES members who are here for the demonstration are attending to those that are injured. We have just heard gunfire from around the Hipodron, but we don’t know what that is about”.

Trade unions and NGOs had made calls to the public to attend the “Peace Meeting” days in advance. Fascists that are unable to internalise peace and democracy are attacking those that want peace, and are being supported by the government. Only a few days ago, Interior Minister Selami Altinok had said “those that resist against the state will have their heads quashed”. The rhetoric of this minister and the government in general shows that this incident was pre-organised.

It can no longer be denied that the AKP government is supporting these attacks against the desire for democracy and peace of the Kurdish people. Now, peace-supporters are being attacked in the capital city of Turkey. A similar attack had occurred on 5 June in a HDP meeting in Diyarbakir. This latest attack in Ankara is the product of the same mentality.

Kurdistan National Congress- KNK