Melbourne solidarity with Ankara bombing victims

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Melbourne protest on October 12.

An emergency protest on October 12 remembered those killed in a terrorist attack on a peace rally in the Turkish city of Ankara. About 120 people were killed in the bombings on October 10.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The peace rally was protesting against the Turkish government's ongoing war against the Kurdish population.

Seval Ulus from the Melbourne Kurdish Association said: “The national creed of 'One Nation, One Language and One Religion' has become a ludicrous social belief that has contaminated peace between cultures.

“It is unrealistic to propose the acceptance of only the Turkish identity when the land feeds people of many backgrounds.

“Those who speak Kurdish, look Armenian or support socialism are stabbed, shot, tortured. We cannot walk through the streets of Ankara without stepping in blood.

“These people who called out for peace are now lost forever. Those who survived the bombing recalled the brutality of the police who fired tear gas where the dead bodies lay. Police also refused to allow ambulances through to treat the wounded,” said Ulus.

The names of those killed was read to the rally. The full list is here.

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