June 13, 2024

Erdogan Condemns Attack on Turkish Student in Ghent, Vows to Uphold Peace and Dialogue

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Turkish President Erdogan Reaches Out to Ghent Student Assaulted by Kurdish Demonstrators in Brussels: “We Are Keeping an Eye on Your Situation”

In Ghent, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached out to a 17-year-old student of Turkish origin who was attacked by pro-Kurdish demonstrators during a school outing. The president called to check on the teenager’s condition and wished him a quick recovery. The incident occurred when two students of Turkish origin, observing Ramadan and not eating during the day, were approached by demonstrators who asked if they were Turkish. Upon confirming their identity, they were punched and injured.

President Erdogan condemned the attackers as “immoral and despicable villains” and assured that authorities and the Turkish Embassy are following the situation closely. The teenager’s father reported that his son is still in shock and has suffered injuries to his eyes and ears. He expressed gratitude for the president’s call and hopes for his son’s quick recovery.

The attack comes amidst heightened tensions between the Turkish and Kurdish communities in Belgium, with recent clashes and riots between supporters of the PKK, designated as a terrorist organization by the EU, and individuals of Turkish origin. The incident in Brussels followed clashes in Heusden-Zolder and highlighted the need for maintaining peace and dialogue between the different communities.

Erdogan’s call to the victim shows a commitment to addressing such incidents

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