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Turkey accused of changing demography of Afrin

By Rudaw 15/3/2018
Syrian civilians fleeing Afrin on March 13, 2018. Photo: AFP / Nazeer al-Khatib
Syrian civilians fleeing Afrin on March 13, 2018. Photo: AFP / Nazeer al-Khatib

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Shahoz Hassan, co-preisdent of the Executive Body of the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), told Rudaw on Thursday that Turkey is bringing in pro-Turkish civilians in a bid to “change the demography of Afrin.”

“They bring in some civilians, who are affiliated to them, and place them in those villages. They rush in this regard so that they make demographic change a reality.”

Hassan stressed that Afrin people will not surrender to Turkish aggression.

“There is a fact: Afrin people will not abandon even if a day is left … the resistance will continue until it is liberated.”

Aldar Khalil, head of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’s foreign relations department, told Reuters on Tuesday that Turkey is conducting a policy of “demographic change.”

“The Turkish government is settling Turkmen and Arab families in the villages of Afrin that it occupied after forcing out its people and is distributing the belongings of the people of Afrin to the new settlers,” he said in a written message to the news wire.

An unnamed senior Turkish official sent a written letter to Reuters flatly denying the “false” accusation.

“The claim that Arabs and Turkmen are being placed in Afrin is absolutely false ... A transfer of population to that region to change the demographic structure is out of the question,” he said, Reuters reports.

Operation Olive Branch, launched by the Turkish army and its Syrian proxies, began on January 20 in a bid to clear the Turkish-Syrian borders of People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, which Turkey consider an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Turkey claims to have encircled the town center of Afrin.


Outsider | 15/3/2018
Mr Shahoz seem to get confused between his own forces, what they did in 2012-2014, when all these people sought refuge in Turkey, and the Turks... If they are such heros...then they should allow the civilians to leave the city...then they earn my respect but by hiding behing old people, innocent women and small children...they just harm the Kurdish cause and reputation...
turkified | 15/3/2018
look 90% of these people in turkey calling themselves turks are either greeks, albanian, kurds, balkans, georgians, jews etc. they have all been turkified and their identity and historical roots violently violated. ask yourself what happens to someone whos been outrooted and completely alienated for decades and centuries. soon or later they give up being rootless and join the abusers. human nature sad but true.
turkified | 15/3/2018
oh i forgot to add, they justify everything and every crime to justify and make up excuses for their own crimes against others.
Andrew | 15/3/2018
A couple weeks back when Sultan Erdogan said the purpose of his disgustingly named "Operation Olive Branch" is to give these lands back to Turkish people... That statement should have giving everyone of the World notice that the true Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrived... By that I mean the public arrival of the real Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, not the fake propaganda pushed by him & the AKP for 10+ years as him being moderate Muslim who wanted to join Europe & espoused Western Values for Turkey... Erdogan is a man who was convicted & jailed as Felon under Turkey's Criminal Code in the 1990s.. Along with his jail sentence the Court Ordered a Lifetime Ban on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holding any political Office... Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Racist, Fascist, Convicted Felon, Radical Islamist supremacist who belongs in jail not the President of Turkey, because he is destroying all of Turkey's Citizens lives, along with the Country itself, and is spewing hateful violent policies as well as conducting fake Counter Terror Ops in neighboring Nations well after Evil Radical Islamist Terrorists have been pushed back from anywhere near Turkey... He is working with & supporting completely the FSA a group known to have direct links to Radical Islamist Terrorism... The FSA saw an increase in recruits to its ranks, which happens to coincide with the hefty territorial, material, & personnel losses sustained by the Evil Daesh, al Nusra, al Qaeda groups... My point is look at Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recorded history, beliefs, statements, & his current actions of the day... He is showing his true self he has more in common, in terms of his actual beliefs & goals as they seem from the outside anyway, with evil Radical Islamists, never mind being President of Turkey & it is just crazy this man is leading a Nation thats supposed to be a western allied NATO member!! All this why, because I guess all the “Yes Men” “Anything Mr. Sultan Erdogan” are afraid to confront this madman lunatic, even though a few brave Turkish Military men saw what was happening and where Turkey was going a couple years ago, but nothing says Fascism, Oppression, & Suppression like jailing & accusing your internal Political Opposition of being enemies or Terrorists!!

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