U.S. Ally Assassinates Human Rights Lawyer In Broad Daylight, Uses Killing To Justify Despotic Policies
NATO member and U.S. ally Turkey had another shining example of the freedom that their dictator, I mean president, allows to flourish. A human rights activist and lawyer who criticized the government for calling a Turkish separatist organization a “terrorist group” was himself gunned down in the street after a press conference for peace.
Here’s video of the shooting:
And an great news report explaining the murder:
More from Vice News:
An unidentified gunman killed a prominent Kurdish lawyer and rights activist on Saturday in what the pro-Kurdish HDP Party called a “planned assassination,” urging people to take to the streets in protest.
Witnesses said Tahir Elci was shot in the head after making a statement to media in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s troubled, mainly Kurdish southeast where he was president of the local bar association. A policeman was also killed in an ensuing exchange of fire.
Elci had been criticized in Turkey for saying the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization, though he had denounced PKK violence. He was facing trial over his comments which had infuriated state prosecutors.
Amazingly, Erdogan is actually blaming the group that Elci was defending, the PKK, with the shooting.
That’s how disgusting Erdogan is – he uses the death of a political opponent he probably killed as justification for implementing more of his policies. Unbelievable.
Here’s what he said to the Wall Street Journal earlier this month about the PKK and Erdogan:
“Both sides are sharpening their knives,” said Tahir Elci, a prominent attorney and head of the bar association in Diyarbakir, the biggest city in Kurdish-dominated parts of Turkey. “Both sides are chasing utopian goals. Both sides are getting farther from what is reasonable.”
Elci had a twitter account. Either his friends or family posted one last tweet:
It translates to, “Bye folks, with kindness.”
May he rest in peace.