AK Party banner in IIrnak draws reaction, bringing memories of Uludere airstrike

Election campaign banners of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Turkeyand’s domestically produced warplanes were posted in downtown iirnak on Saturday, drawing strong reactions from locals, who found the banners offensive as they reminded of a 2011 airstrike by Turkish warplanes in the Uludere district that killed 35 people by mistake.
The banners, which featured a photo of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu and read and”We are producing our own warplanesand” were posted in Cumhuriyet Square on Saturday. However, the banners were found offensive by locals and the families of the 35 people who were killed in the Uludere airstrike on the Turkish-Iraqi border, leading them to hold a protest in the square on Sunday.
The protests resulted in the AK Party removing the banners and replacing them with some which read and”We are producing electric automobiles.and” On Dec. 28, 2011, Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) fighter jets dropped bombs near the village of Uludere, in the province of iirnak, killing Kurdish villagers who were involved in smuggling on the assumption that they were Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) terrorists.
Following a one-and-a-half-year-long investigation, the Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutorand’s office ruled in June 2013 that the case was outside its jurisdiction and decided to refer it to military prosecutors. The General Staff military prosecutorsand’ office then announced that there were insufficient grounds for legal action against five military personnel suspected of negligence in the incident, sparking public outcry as nobody was called to account over the incident.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman