Top Kurdish rights lawyer gunned down in Turkey | The Japan Times

The Japan Times reports on a breaking story  that a  leading Kurdish lawyer and rights activist was killed in a shootout in Turkey’s troubled southeast on Saturday, fueling accusations that the state was behind the killing.

Source: Top Kurdish rights lawyer gunned down in Turkey | The Japan Times

Here’s how the Japan Times summarizes:

Tahir Elci, head of the bar association in Diyarbakir — the biggest city in the mainly Kurdish southeast — and a campaigner for Kurdish rights, was shot in the head while he and other activists were giving a press statement calling for an end to violence.

Last week Turkey shot a Russian fighter out of the sky and now a prominent Kurdish peace activist is slayed whilst giving a press conference calling for peace. One wonders what is next from Turkey?

Most Kurds will immediately assume that Erdogan’s government assinated the rights activist as an excuse for further repressive measures against the Kurdish people.

Thoughts?

 

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