Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
16th January, 2016
The mayor of Ankara, Melih Gökçek, has criticized the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass for expressing concern over the detention of Turkish scholars, and urged him to leave Turkey.
Bass, on Friday, expressed concern about the detention of Turkish scholars who protested against violence in Kurdish-populated provinces of the country. Previously 1128 Turkish and foreign scientists published an appeal entitled “We are not going to be part of this crime”, urging the Turkish authorities “to stop the massacre and carnage” on the South-East of the country and to return to the negotiating table for a peaceful settlement to the Kurdish problem. The Prosecutor’s office of the Kocaeli province in northwestern Turkey on Friday sanctioned the arrest of 21 Turkish scholars who signed the appeal, 14 of them were detained.
“In the U.S. the police are shooting people, like birds, due to the fact that the man does not raise his hands. And do we advise enduring the attacks of armed terrorists on our police and soldiers? No, we are not going to tolerate it, Ambassador. You’re the wrong choice for the USA, go back to your country, and let them send another Ambassador who knows us. Whilst we want to improve American-Turkish relations at the highest level, you’re trying to say Turkish people are the enemy of the United States. Learn to be silent and not try to ruin our relationship“, read the statement of Gökçek to Bass, posted on the website of the mayor of Ankara on Twitter.
5️⃣SAYIN BASS,GÖRMEYEN GÖZLERİNLE AŞAĞIDAKİ FOTOLARA BAK.DÜN PKK BEBEKLERİ BURDA ÖLDÜRDÜ..TÜRKİYE’DEN ÖZÜR DİLE.. pic.twitter.com/URNjYkhOKN
— İbrahim Melih Gökçek (@06melihgokcek) January 15, 2016
The Turkish authorities in December declared a curfew in several Kurdish-populated regions in the South-East of the country, particularly in district of Diyarbakir, Cizre and Silopi province of Shirnak, and in Nusaybin and Dargeçit Mardin province, where the street clashes continue between security forces and militants in the country from the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The Turkish Foundation for human rights reported the death of 162 civilians in the areas of anti-terrorist operation, starting August 16, 2015.