The group of about 1,000, which organized on social media, blocked roads in the city and refused to disperse despite police warnings, chanting slogans against the Syrian refugees in the city. The group removed Arabic-language signs from a number of stores, as many store holders closed their shops in fear.
More than 1 million Syrians have fled to Turkey from the civil war in their country. Hundreds of thousands live in official camps in Turkey, while hundreds of thousands more have spread to cities across the country.
Some protesters attacked a Syrian in a car, breaking the windows of the vehicle. However, they dispersed after the police fired a gun into the air.
Protesters, many of whom were carrying Turkish flags and making the ultra-nationalist “grey wolf” hand gesture, claim that the migrants are committing crimes and breaking the peace in Kahramanmaraş.
From another report:
On the other corner of the presidential compound, at the junction toward the plush Oran district on the one hand and the even more luxurious Zirvekent compound on the other, passels of people are harassing passing cars every day.
They are in the road, trying to attract the attention of the people in passing cars. Some are “selling” tissue paper, some are “selling” bottled water, some are trying to get “bahsish” (gratuity) in exchange of dirtying the windshield with a greasy piece of cloth, while some are just begging.
The other night, there was a knock on the door. To my surprise, I discovered that we now started to have Ramadan drummers, knocking on doors and demanding “baksish.” Did not we have sufficient agony with the Turkish ones waking us from deep sleep at such early hours of the night and have started to have “imported” drummers?
They are all desperate and abundant at every corner of not only Ankara, but all Turkish cities. People are fed up…