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7 Kurdish workers injured in racist attack in Turkey’s Afyon: report

  2021-07-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
One pictured in a hospital here, seven Kurdish seasonal Workers are injured in a racist attack by a Turkish mob in in Dereçine village in the western province of Afyonkarahisar, or just Afyon, Turkey, July 19, 2021. Photo by Duvar English
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Seven Kurdish ethnic workers including two women were injured in a racist attack by a Turkish mob in Dereçine village in the western province of Afyonkarahisar, or just Afyon, for speaking in their mother tongue, Kurdish, reported by Mezopotamya Agency (MA) on Monday (July 19).

Narullah Aba, a relative of those assaulted, said that two Kurdish seasonal workers, İsmail Tan and his cousin Ali Tan, visited a hairdresser in the village to get a haircut, but were told to wait in line.

"They start waiting in line, but the hairdresser keeps accepting other customers. They asked why they are being kept waiting and the hairdresser said, 'You are terrorists, you're speaking Kurdish here' before attacking them," Aba said, reported by the MA. 

Ismail was kidnapped by the Turks and his arm was fractured, Aba said, adding that the racist mop also filmed themselves how they were beating Tan in a forest area. 

"Ali Tan was able to escape from them. The incident escalated after he notified the families and they came to the barber's shop. Seven people, including two women, are injured with sticks here. The condition of the injured is not critical," he explained.

Ali, Ismail and his sister İremnur (18) constantly vomited due to severe blows to their muscles and kidneys, MA reported. İsmail and Ali were later taken to the police station to testify.

Following the incident, a squad of gendarmerie and riot police were sent to the village, where the Kurdish families live. The families were reportedly asked to return to their hometowns.

Following the attack, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) denounced the “the racist attack” on the Kurdish families working as seasonal workers in Afyon.

“Our members are following the event closely. The Afyon Governor, whom we tried to reach for information about the incident, is not answering our phones,” the HDP tweeted, saying the attack was the result of hate language by the Turkish government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and his partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

HDP Urfa lawmaker Ayşe Sürücü asked the Afyon governor the reason for why the workers were forced to leave the province. 

"Who forced these families to leave Afyon at midnight?" Sürücü asked on Twitter. 

This is not the first racist attack the Kurds faced by the Turkish mobs in Turkey. 

Earlier this month, a Kurdish married couple from the Iranian Kurdistan, Rojhalat, were subjected to beating by a restaurant owner in Turkey.

On May 12, seven members of a same family were injured in a brutal racist attack by about 60 Turkish assailants in Konya province. 

On May 13, a man and his son from the Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil was attacked by a Turkish angry mob in Bozyazi district in Mersin.

In 2019, a group of Tourists from the Kurdistan Region were assaulted by a Turkish racist mob in Trabzon as they carrying a Kurdistan flag scarf and taking photos.

(Zhyan English)