Turkish Interior Minister thinks a football team is a terrorist organisation

In his latest tirade, the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu expressed his outrage while supplying not a single evidence or proof of the football players, the entire team, being terrorists. He exclaimed, “How is this possible? The team takes orders from the terrorist organisation..."

Turkish Interior Minister thinks a football team is a terrorist organisation

The football club of Diyarbakir Amedspor gets attacked in Turkey for being from the Kurdish province. The team has endured attempted lynching on the field as well as in the locker rooms in Turkey. The latest attack comes directly from the Interior Minister himself.

The reason? The team belongs to a city in the Kurdish parts of Turkey.

In his latest tirade, the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu expressed his outrage while supplying not a single evidence or proof of the football players, the entire team, being terrorists. He exclaimed, “How is this possible? The team takes orders from the terrorist organisation. The leader of the terrorist organisation Cemil Bayık sends direct orders to the team. How can they do such a thing?” Minister Süleyman Soylu, a fierce racist, right wing member of the cabinet himself has been photographed with the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen who is considered to be a terrorist in Turkey.

The team, Amedspor, is the target of many racist attacks in Turkey for not being Turkish enough. Its matches as visitors are preceded by the home stadium playing Turkish ultra-nationalist marches and huge screens showing videos of the Turkish army in war. In the matches where Amedspor plays, the Turkish spectators often break into Nazi-like slogans against the “traitors” which are directed at the Kurdish people.

In response, the Amedspor fans hold signs “Don’t let the kids die, let them come to watch matches.”  Kurds are the direct targets of state violence in Turkey where many Kurdish towns have been destroyed by the government forces, even with heavy artillery fire.  Many children have been shot in the Eastern Turkey provinces where the population is mostly Kurdish by the Turkish police who drive vehicles and swearing at the people through the loudspeakers for being “Armenian seeds.”

Sendika.Org News (Mehmet Bayram)