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Unrest Spreads In Turkey As ISIS-Friendly Government Clashes With Kurds

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Civil unrest has been steadily increasing in Turkey as ISIS fights to fully takeover the Kurdish dominated city of Kobani that sits on the Syrian-Turkish border. This week has seen riots throughout Turkey in cities where Kurds are present with Turkish authorities yelling pro-ISIS slogans and hitting protesters with water cannons and tear gas.

The clashes have already turned violent with the death of over 25 Kurdish protesters and two police officers, but if Kobani falls the unrest and violence is expected to get considerably worse.

All this week there have been protests and riots in every Turkish city where there are a significant number of Kurds. Twenty-two people have been killed in the fiercest street clashes that Turkey has seen for years. Smoke rises from bonfires in the streets with the police generally relying on pepper spray and water cannon while angry Kurds hurl stones and Molotov cocktails…

Six provinces in south-east Turkey have been placed under curfew. There are signs of an anti-Kurdish and pro-Islamist backlash with Turkish police shouting Isis slogans as they charge Kurdish demonstrators. Antagonisms have spread beyond Turkey into Europe with a pro-Isis crowd in Hamburg attacking Kurdish protesters with knives.

Good thing Vice President Biden apologized for claiming the Turkish government had ISIS sympathies. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan actually admitted he considered both Kurdish separatists and ISIS equivalent saying “It is wrong to deal with them differently, we need to deal with them jointly.”

The Turkish military has been preventing Kurdish fighters from crossing the border, recently arresting five who tried to cross and labeling them “separatist terrorists.” The Turkish government seems more than willing to accept an ISIS victory in Kobani but is apparently unwilling to accept Kurds in Turkey helping Kurds in Syria. Something Turkish Kurds are unlikely to forget if Kobani falls.

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Dan Wright

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.

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