The assault is an instance of rising anti-Syrian racism in Turkey, social media customers say.
An aged Syrian lady is recovering in hospital after being kicked within the face by a person within the Turkish metropolis of Gaziantep, within the midst of a rising wave of anti-refugee sentiment within the nation.
A video, shared extensively in Turkey and Syria over the previous few days, exhibits the lady, Leyla Muhammed, attacked whereas she sat on a bench.
The attacker, named by police as Sakir Cakir, has been arrested on fees of willful damage. The Turkish citizen mentioned he had been instructed that Muhammed was a kidnapper, in accordance with a press release he gave to police.
The sufferer is mentally disabled, native information experiences indicated.
“The one that beat Leyla has been arrested. She has been admitted to the hospital and her therapy has begun. Along with my spouse and colleagues, we visited her and conveyed the needs of our pricey nation for her to get effectively quickly. We stand with the oppressed towards the oppressor,” mentioned Gaziantep Governor Davut Gul in a press release on Twitter after visiting the hospital.
Gaziantep is a metropolis of two million folks positioned close to the Syrian border, and can also be residence to almost half one million Syrian refugees.
Turkey hosts 3.7 million Syrians, whereas the variety of these looking for refuge within the nation from Afghanistan and different nations has additionally steadily elevated.
Polls point out that almost all of Turkish residents need the refugees to return to their international locations, and one more and more standard opposition politician, Umit Ozdag, has framed his complete platform on promising to ship them again.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pushed again towards that sentiment and has introduced that refugees are welcome in Turkey. Erdogan has, nonetheless, inspired resettlement for individuals who wish to return to Syria.
It’s a politically dangerous stance as Turkey’s subsequent elections are due in 2023, and plenty of Turkish residents maintain refugees chargeable for the continued financial disaster within the nation, with the Turkish lira experiencing extreme devaluation and inflation reaching alarming charges.
Solidarity with Leyla
Former Gaziantep parliamentarian Samil Tayyar famous in a tweet that Cakir has an intensive felony document.
The assault has been condemned by quite a lot of people and organisations on social media.
Many Syrians have taken pictures covering one facet of their face with their palm, imitating a picture of Muhammed after she had been hit.
“It’s a kick within the face of humanity and one among many for us as Syrians. I’m standing in solidarity with the 70-year-old Syrian lady, Leyla, who was kicked in her face yesterday by a racist in Gaziantep, Turkey,” tweeted Syrian journalist Husam Hezaber.
Turkey’s Worldwide Refugee Rights Affiliation said that it was monitoring the state of affairs.
“All felony complaints and court docket proceedings relating to the attacker shall be adopted to the very finish by the attorneys of our affiliation,” the organisation mentioned on Twitter.
Others highlighted the video as an extra instance of violence in direction of ladies in Turkey.
“The kick launched on the Syrian lady was launched towards all of humanity. On daily basis, hundreds of immigrant ladies are subjected to torture, violence and humiliation. We are going to completely carry to account this racism and this violence,” Turkey’s Girls’s Solidarity Committees mentioned.