PKK sup­port­ers at­tack Turks in Bel­gium in ral­lies

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A GROUP of PKK sym­pa­thiz­ers at­tacked Turks in ral­lies in An­twerp, Bel­gium on Sun­day. While riot po­lice in­ter­vened in the sym­pha­tiz­ers’ at­tack, four Turk­ish peo­ple were in­jured, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

SUP­PORT­ERS of the PKK ter­ror­ist group in An­twerp, Bel­gium, on Sun­day con­tin­ued car­ry­ing out ral­lies in neigh­bor­hoods where mostly Turk­ish-Bel­gians live, pro­vok­ing them with slo­gans and re­ported at­tacks. Ac­cord­ing to an İh­las News Agency re­port, a group of PKK sym­pa­thiz­ers ral­lied in a Turk­ish-Bel­gian neigh­bor­hood and shouted slo­gans, caus­ing con­fronta­tions between the groups. Riot po­lice in­ter­vened in the fight between the groups in which 40 Turk­ish ci­ti­zens were in­ter­ro­gated and four peo­ple were in­jured, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

An­twep Mayor Bard De Wever said that he con­demned the events, ad­ding that such in­ci­dents put the se­cu­rity and peace of the city in dan­ger. He added that there was a ban im­posed on hold­ing ral­lies or group meet­ings across the city for a week.

On Fri­day, a group of PKK sup­port­ers who had been tour­ing Euro­pean cities since Oct. 9 in a bus dec­o­rated with ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda, drove their ve­hi­cle into a Turk­ish-Bel­gian neigh­bor­hood in An­twerp with a po­lice es­cort. Ac­cord­ing to Bel­gian me­dia and eye­wit­nesses, the PKK sup­port­ers changed their route to pro­voke and at­tack peo­ple of Turk­ish ori­gin in the city, lead­ing to eight peo­ple be­ing in­jured at the scene.

Speak­ing to Daily Sabah, eye­wit­nesses de­scribed the ac­tion as “pure provo­ca­tion” and ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion with Bel­gian po­lice for al­low­ing ter­ror­ism pro­pa­ganda in the coun­try. A state­ment re­leased by the An­twerp po­lice an­nounced that all of the five peo­ple in­jured, in­clud­ing a man who was stabbed, are in good health. Re­ports of three more in­juries came later.

Fur­ther­more, po­lice took 41 peo­ple into cus­tody to en­sure pub­lic or­der.

The in­ci­dent took place a week af­ter the youth branch of the PKK in Europe, which has held dozens of demon­stra­tions in Euro­pean cities over the past month, an­nounced it would carry out re­venge at­tacks on Turk­ish in­sti­tu­tions and es­tab­lish­ments with links to the rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) and the Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) in Europe. The ter­ror­ist group claimed that nei­ther “the cap­i­tal­ist moder­nity of Europe nor any fas­cist struc­ture” would be able to stop the planned ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Call­ing on all PKK sup­port­ers to join in at­tack­ing “all Tur­key-linked in­sti­tu­tions,” the group de­manded the re­lease of im­pris­oned PKK leader Ab­dul­lah Öcalan. “No sin­gle in­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic of Tur­key should be able to live on. All cities should be turned into a re­sis­tance zone.”

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