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Pro-Assad protesters storm Turkish diplomatic missions, burn Turkish flag
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1.       tunci
7149 posts
 13 Nov 2011 Sun 01:42 pm

Pro-Assad protesters storm Turkish diplomatic missions, burn Turkish flag

13 November 2011, Sunday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Video footage shows pro-Assad protestors burning Turkish flag in front of the Turkish Consulate in Aleppo. (Photo: Cihan)

A crowd of around a thousand attacked the Turkish embassy in Damascus on Saturday evening, throwing stones and bottles before Syrian police intervened to break up the protest, Turkey´s state-run Anatolian news agency said on Sunday.    
 

Attacks were also staged against Turkey´s consulate in Aleppo and its honorary consulate in Latakia, the agency reported Turkish embassy officials in Damascus as saying.     

The attacks took place hours after the Arab League suspended Syria for failing to carry out a promise to halt its armed crackdown on eight-month-old pro-democracy demonstrations and open a dialogue with its opponents.     

On Saturday evening, residents in Syria said crowds armed with sticks and knives attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy in Damascus and the French and Turkish consulates in Latakia after the Arab League suspended Syria.      

They said hundreds of men shouting slogans in support of President Bashar al-Assad beat a guard and broke into the Saudi embassy in Abu Rummaneh, three blocks away from Assad´s offices in one of the most heavily policed areas of the capital.     

Outside the Turkish embassy, protesters chanted anti-Turkey slogans, tried to climb the walls and force the gates open. Syrian police intervened using teargas to break up the protest as the demonstrators threw stones and bottles, Anatolian said.     

After cultivating ties with Assad and Syria for several years, Turkey has this year robustly condemned the repression of peaceful protests, fearing Syrian violence could spill over the border if it develops a stronger ethnic or sectarian dimension.     

Syrian opposition figures have met in Istanbul to forge a united front, the Syrian National Council. Turkey has also given sanctuary to Syrian military officers who have defected.      

In Aleppo, demonstrators entered the consulate garden and tried to lower the Turkish flag but were prevented from doing so by consulate officials.     

A group of some 5,000 gathered outside the Turkish honorary consulate in Latakia, 330 km (210 miles) north of Damascus on the Mediterranean coast, and broke windows. The officials said a Turkish flag was burned at this protest, Anatolian said.     

No officials at the Turkish diplomatic missions were injured in the protests, it added. 

Diplomatic sources said Turkey is evacuating most of its diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Damascus and consulate in Aleppo due to security reasons, private Cihan news agency reported. The report added the Foreign Ministry does not currently plan to recall the ambassador to Ankara.

 

Note ; its no good.. Things getting worse in Syria..

 

 

 

2.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 13 Nov 2011 Sun 04:18 pm

 

Quoting tunci

Pro-Assad protesters storm Turkish diplomatic missions, burn Turkish flag

13 November 2011, Sunday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Video footage shows pro-Assad protestors burning Turkish flag in front of the Turkish Consulate in Aleppo. (Photo: Cihan)

A crowd of around a thousand attacked the Turkish embassy in Damascus on Saturday evening, throwing stones and bottles before Syrian police intervened to break up the protest, Turkey´s state-run Anatolian news agency said on Sunday.    
 

Attacks were also staged against Turkey´s consulate in Aleppo and its honorary consulate in Latakia, the agency reported Turkish embassy officials in Damascus as saying.     

The attacks took place hours after the Arab League suspended Syria for failing to carry out a promise to halt its armed crackdown on eight-month-old pro-democracy demonstrations and open a dialogue with its opponents.     

On Saturday evening, residents in Syria said crowds armed with sticks and knives attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy in Damascus and the French and Turkish consulates in Latakia after the Arab League suspended Syria.      

They said hundreds of men shouting slogans in support of President Bashar al-Assad beat a guard and broke into the Saudi embassy in Abu Rummaneh, three blocks away from Assad´s offices in one of the most heavily policed areas of the capital.     

Outside the Turkish embassy, protesters chanted anti-Turkey slogans, tried to climb the walls and force the gates open. Syrian police intervened using teargas to break up the protest as the demonstrators threw stones and bottles, Anatolian said.     

After cultivating ties with Assad and Syria for several years, Turkey has this year robustly condemned the repression of peaceful protests, fearing Syrian violence could spill over the border if it develops a stronger ethnic or sectarian dimension.     

Syrian opposition figures have met in Istanbul to forge a united front, the Syrian National Council. Turkey has also given sanctuary to Syrian military officers who have defected.      

In Aleppo, demonstrators entered the consulate garden and tried to lower the Turkish flag but were prevented from doing so by consulate officials.     

A group of some 5,000 gathered outside the Turkish honorary consulate in Latakia, 330 km (210 miles) north of Damascus on the Mediterranean coast, and broke windows. The officials said a Turkish flag was burned at this protest, Anatolian said.     

No officials at the Turkish diplomatic missions were injured in the protests, it added. 

Diplomatic sources said Turkey is evacuating most of its diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Damascus and consulate in Aleppo due to security reasons, private Cihan news agency reported. The report added the Foreign Ministry does not currently plan to recall the ambassador to Ankara.

 

Note ; its no good.. Things getting worse in Syria..

 

 

 

 

OMG!!!!  Nevermind what is actually going on.....the VERY WORST part of this story is that the burned a flag!!! {#emotions_dlg.scared}



Edited (11/13/2011) by TheAenigma

3.       scalpel
1472 posts
 13 Nov 2011 Sun 05:12 pm

The policy of "zero problem with neighbours" ended up "a thousand problems with neighbours".  

"Babacan said Turkey had been pursuing policy of "zero problem with neighbors", and it had recorded great progress in bilateral relations with Syria, Iran and Georgia."

here

4.       tunci
7149 posts
 13 Nov 2011 Sun 09:51 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

 

 

OMG!!!!  Nevermind what is actually going on.....the VERY WORST part of this story is that the burned a flag!!! {#emotions_dlg.scared}

 

 

I am agreeing with you by having no doubt that you are sincere in your comment about WORST PART statement.

Yes, thats the worst part of the story. Burning any flag in my eye is one of the most disgraceful act of human being.

That group of ignorant brainwashed people who are not representing the whole Syrian people,are looking ecstatically happy while burning the turkish flag.

Flag is an honor of  a nation. Therefore you have to respect the flag no matter whose flag it is. I am 100 percent sure that those same people would cheer for foreign flags and burn even their own flag  if Asad ever gets overthrown.

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5.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 14 Nov 2011 Mon 01:22 am

 

Quoting tunci

 

 

 

I am agreeing with you by having no doubt that you are sincere in your comment about WORST PART statement.

{#emotions_dlg.whistle}

6.       Abla
3647 posts
 14 Nov 2011 Mon 08:11 am

I admire your pure heart, tunci. The problem for postmodern westeners is often lack of ideals, lack of symbols, feeling of not belonging anywhere. The British novelist E.M. Forster said "I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."


Personally I think I could betray them both without too much agony.

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7.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 14 Nov 2011 Mon 09:19 am

 

Quoting Abla

I admire your pure heart, tunci.

 

Me too!  Forrest Gump had a pure heart too

8.       tunci
7149 posts
 14 Nov 2011 Mon 11:59 am

 

Quoting Abla

I admire your pure heart, tunci. The problem for postmodern westeners is often lack of ideals, lack of symbols, feeling of not belonging anywhere. The British novelist E.M. Forster said "I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."

Personally I think I could betray them both without too much agony.

 

 Teşekkürler Abla for your nice words although my heart is not that pure.. 

And I agree that The problem for postmodern westeners is often lack of ideals, lack of symbols, feeling of not belonging anywhere.

You are a wise person.

 

9.       tunci
7149 posts
 14 Nov 2011 Mon 12:02 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

 

 

Me too!  Forrest Gump had a pure heart too

 

 What an earth "Forest Gump" to do with this topic ? Seems like you are enjoying taking micky out of me..

10.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 14 Nov 2011 Mon 12:19 pm

 

Quoting tunci

seems like you are enjoying taking micky out of me..

 

Noooooooooo!  Ermm...ok maybe just a tad

But don´t you think that if a "pure heart" means having blind nationalism, patriotism and worship for a long dead leader, it could also be called "innocent/naive/ignorant"?  All of which sums up Forrest Gump

But then....life is just a box of chocolates eh?

 

PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

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