Peace Rally Explosion Victims Commemorated in Ankara – video

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Turkey – Thousands gathered in the Turkish capital of Ankara Sunday, the day after twin explosions targeted a massive peace rally, taking the lives of at least 128 people and injuring more than 500.

Being one of the biggest massacres in the history of the country, the attack occurs only three weeks before upcoming elections and on the very same day PKK had declared a ceasefire.

The explosions directly targeted the attendees coming from several other cities, who had only just arrived at the meeting area in front of the central train station.

Co-chairs and MPs of pro-Kurdish HDP (People’s Democratic Party) were accompanied by several hundred citizens at the central train station to pay respect for the deceased before the commemoration gathering in Sıhhiye Square, where the peace rally was planning to go on the day before.

12138342_1049156775124366_1907590126696637625_oDespite the waiting police blockade and subsequent attack, the group managed to arrive near the crime scene with slogans and to leave flowers.

Gökmen Yeşil, a  member of the Progressive Lawyers Association, was injured during the police attack, and transferred to hospital.

The group then marched to meet the thousands gathered in Sıhhiye Square for the commemoration rally organized by progressive unions and trade chambers. Some families of the deceased also joined the rally.

HDP's co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş, MPs Ertuğrul Kürkçü, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Hüda Kaya, İdris Baluken & others march in Ankara

HDP’s co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş, MPs Ertuğrul Kürkçü, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Hüda Kaya, İdris Baluken, victims families & supporters march in Ankara

Turkey: Two Explosions at Ankara Peace Rally

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Image Credit – Sedat Suna

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