Hundreds attack Syrians’ homes, businesses in Ankara

Hundreds of people have poured to the streets to attack the homes and businesses of Syrians in the Altındağ district of the capital Ankara, revealing what the racist policies of politicians and fake social media rumors have come to. Crowds chanting anti-Syrian and Islamist slogans were seen attacking Syrians’ properties in various videos shared on social media on Aug. 11. Journalist Alican Uludağ shared a picture from the Önder and Battalgazi neighborhoods, saying that some businesses and vehicles were burned. The attack came after 18-year-old Emirhan Yalçın was killed in a fight between the Syrians and locals in the same neighborhood earlier in the day. The group consisting of over 1,000 people gathered in the neighborhood on the evening of Aug. 11 in a bid to attack Syrians, with police failing remarkably to stop them. A police vehicle was heard calling on the people not to fall for provocations and return home. Some Syrians in the neighborhood left their homes to escape the mob. Residents of the neighborhood shared videos of the assailants damaging properties. A Syrian in the neighborhood said that they are trying to calm their children down by turning the music’s volume all the way up to protect them from the horrendous sounds outside.

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