‘AK Party youths behind booing of minute of silence for Paris victims’

Members of the organization of youth branches of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) were behind the booing of the minute of silence held for victims of the Paris attacks before a football match between Turkey and Greece on Nov. 17, the Cumhuriyet daily said on Friday.
and”It was seen that there was heavy booing in the part of the grandstand where the AK Party sympathizers entered [the stadium] with free tickets,and” the daily said.
The Turkish and Greek national football teams met in a friendly game at Istanbuland’s Baiakiehir Fatih Terim Stadium on Tuesday, which Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras watched together.
and”It was discovered that many AK Party sympathizers, but particularly members of the AK Party youth branch in the Ziya GandOkalp neighborhood of Baiakiehir entered the stadium with free tickets,and” the dailyand’s report said.
The mark of respect was observed at matches across Europe, including at Wembley, where France played England, after radical terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants struck Paris on Friday, killing 129 people. The minute of silence was held before the match started on Tuesday evening to show solidarity with France after the terrorist attacks in Paris. However, the silence was protested by some spectators who booed and some others who shouted and”Martyrs never die, the country will never be divided,and” which is widely chanted in Turkey to condemn the killings of the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK).
The Baiakiehir Municipality, which is governed by the AK Party, reportedly offered support to the partyand’s youth organization to get free tickets. According to the report, a message headlined and”Emergencyand” was sent a day before the game from a social media account owned by the AK Party youth branch in the Ziya GandOkalp neighborhood.
The message reportedly said, and”We must be present in large numbers in the game [stadium] to which our Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu will come. You donand’t need to have Passolig [a card usually required by supporters to buy match tickets]. Paper tickets will be distributed at the entrance to the stadium.
and”The same account announced on the day the game would be played the gate numbers to be used for free entry [into stadium],and” the report said. Thousands of members of the AK Party youth organization entered the stadium this way. According to the report, members of the AK Party who were seated behind the goal in the stadium cheered for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu. They also chanted and”Here are the spectators, here is the [party] organization.and”
Banner slogans placed around the stadium by AK Party members during the game were also shared via Facebook, the report said. andOzgandur Karabat, a former candidate of the main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party who ran for mayor of Baiakiehir, reportedly told the daily that it is highly probable that these people were provided free tickets.
An AK Party member who is on the mayoral committee of the Baiakiehir Municipality is in charge of the stadium and also sits on the board of the Baiakiehir football club.
President Erdogan chastised Turkish fans for disrespecting the Greek national anthem. and”We are not a country that cannot tolerate another countryand’s national anthem. It is not in our genes. What would we do if the same thing were done to us?and” Erdogan said during a televised interview on Wednesday evening.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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