According to reports on Monday, thousands of Turkish Kurds poured into the streets of Istanbul and other Turkish cities to express solidarity with the people of the Syrian city of Kobani. They also denounced Ankara’s stance toward the ISIL terrorists.
SHAFAQNA – Kurds have taken to the streets in Istanbul and some other cities across Europe to slam ISIL attacks on the Syrian town of Kobani and the international inaction.
According to Turkish media reports, police clashed with protesters after they tried to block a road and hurled fireworks and Molotov cocktails at security forces.
Furthermore, a pro-Kurdish group set fire to a bus in Istanbul’s Gezi district. According to witnesses, hundreds of Kurds also congregated in the Turkish border town of Suruc.
Earlier on Monday, Turkey’s main Kurdish party called on all Kurds to take to the streets to denounce the attacks by the Takfiri terrorists on Kobani.
Many Turkish Kurds are frustrated with the Turkish government, and have accused Ankara of cooperating with the ISIL militants.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands, dozens of Kurds reportedly gathered near the national parliament building in The Hague on Monday night and condemned crimes committed by the ISIL Takfiri group in Kobani.
Kurdish protesters also staged a demonstration in London, causing the closure of Oxford Circus tube station there.
People in many other European countries, including Germany and Austria, have held demonstrations in solidarity with the Kurds of Kobani.
Earlier in the day, street fighting broke out between Kurdish forces and the ISIL Takfiri militants in Kobani for the first time after the terrorists penetrated the town.
The ISIL militants have been trying to reach and capture Kobani over the past few weeks, but failed to do so amid stiff resistance by Kurdish forces.
Kurdish fighters have vowed to defend the Syrian Kurdish border town.
Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.
The weeks-long intense battle for the strategic town has forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.
This is while the Turkish government does not allow Kurdish fighters to cross the border into Syria and join the fight against the ISIL militants.
Source: Press TV