Labour Youth has expressed its sympathies with the victims of the bombing of a peace march in Ankara.

Labour Youth has expressed its sympathies with the victims of the bombing of a peace march in Ankara on Saturday – the deadliest terrorist atrocity in Turkish history in which more than 100 people lost their lives.

Labour Youth International Officer Kerri Ryan said, “We are extending our deepest solidarity and sympathy to all Turkish activists and in particular our sister organisations, CHP and HDP, who lost many members in this atrocity. They were murdered for their desire for a more peaceful, free and democratic Turkey. It’s up to all of us and our international representatives to honour those desires and halt their rapid deterioration in Turkey.”

Young European Socialists Vice-President Neil Warner added, “This attack is made especially outrageous by the fact that the Turkish government continues to collude with Islamist terrorists and are using the escalating violence to crack down on opposition and freedom of speech in Turkey.”

“We call upon the Irish and other Western governments to hold the Turkish government to account for its actions. History will remember if we allow the values of peace and democracy, which these marchers died foron Saturday, to be destroyed.”

 

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