Up to 50 Killed in Bombing at Socialist Solidarity Assembly in Suruç (Turkey), little doubt ISIS to Blame.
The Islamists’ Massacre of our Beloved Comrades.
20 July 2015
A blast has occurred at the Amara Culture Center in Suruç district of Urfa, across the border from Kobanê, where members of the Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF), coming from various cities have been staying before their planned cross into Kobanê to help reconstruction work today.
DBP (Democratic Regions’ Party) Urfa co-chair İsmail Kaplan said that a suicide bomb caused the blast in Suruç district of Urfa, which targeted around 300 members of Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) before their cross into Kobanê.
Kaplan said that over 50 people have lost their lives and dozens were wounded, according to initial reports.
The blast occurred in the garden of Amara Culture Center where they youths have been staying since their arrival in the district yesterday. The youths gathered in the garden to release a statement to the press before crossing into Kobanê.
The garden of the culture center turned into a a blood bath after the blast as the bodies of the youths scattered around in pieces.
Ambulances have been rushed to the scene to transport the wounded to hospitals. The bodies of those killed remain in the garden.
Another bomb was set off concurrently across the border, in Kobanê and it is likely that the attack was carried out by ISIS gangs.
The BBC reports:
An explosion has killed at least 27 people and wounded many more in the Turkish town of Suruc near the Syrian border, the interior ministry says.
The blast occurred in the garden of a cultural centre. Hundreds of youth workers were reportedly staying there.
There is no official word on the cause of the explosion. Reports say it could have been a suicide attack.
Suruc, located near the Syrian town of Kobane, houses many refugees who fled fighting there in recent months.
Kobane has been a battleground between militants from the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish fighters since September last year, when IS overran the town, forcing most of its residents to flee into Turkey.
The Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) is reported to have had at least 300 members staying at the Amara Culture Centre to take part in rebuilding work in Kobane.
The federation tweeted photographs showing the group in the garden before the blast and the scene afterwards.
Pervin Buldan, a senior lawmaker from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP opposition party, told Reuters that local officials were investigating the possibility it was a suicide bombing.
“Turkish and Kurdish youth had come to cross into Kobane, and there were three or four days of activities planned,” she said.
The hashtags #SuruçtaKatliamVar (There is a massacre in Suruç) and #SuruçMassacre started trending on Twitter soon after the explosion.
A beloved comrade, massacred by Daesh, lies dead under a socialist flag in Suruç. pic.twitter.com/SdLHEQqOzr
— Andrew Coates (@Pabloite) July 20, 2015
Absolute love and solidarity to our comrades!
Lundi 20 juillet 2015 : Rassemblement suite au massacre au Kurdistan de Turquie ce matin à 19 h 30, Monument des mobiles, haut de la Canebière, Marseille
Rallies and Demonstrations in Germany:
More information on Protests as they develop: inagist.
Update (Tuesday). A Facebook friend (GH) comments,
The massacre by ISIS in Suruc was not just against the Kurdish movement but a direct attack on a Left Wing youth group, one associated with the RWCA group in Stoke Newington. A close friend of mine knows people who were murdered today Fundamentalist Islamism is killing friends of my friends. The attacks in Syria by ISIS and other Islamist groups are against Kurdish groups with relatives in London.
An important article on the Ensemble (the ‘third’ grouping in the Front de gauche) site illustrates how the French left has immediately shown absolute support for our sisters and brothers in Suruç:
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