Report: Erdogan Supporters Shout ‘Are You Jewish’ While Attacking Istanbul Woman
Supporters of Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, shouted “are you Jewish” as they attacked a woman late last week as she was walking in the streets of Istanbul, Turkey’s center-left Cumhuriyet daily reported on Monday.
The group of attackers, who numbered 15-20 according to the victim, were leaving a rally hosted by Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Friday night. The event, which was held outside Istanbul’s airport, was hosted in honor of Ergodan who was returning home from an international trip.
The thugs then encountered the young woman, who is only identified by the paper by her initials E.Y., as she was leaving an anti corruption protest at Istanbul’s Taksim Square. They then began to shout “are you Jewish” as they attacked her physically, the paper reported.
The incident happened around 9 pm on December 27th near a Metro Bus station in the Sirinevler district of Istanbul, according to the report.
The victim said that she left the protest to go back home because of tear gas that was being used by the Turkish police.
“I was heading home and crossing the bridge and I was talking on the phone with my friend and while I was on the phone I heard some people eavesdropping on my conversation,” she said. “They were holding AKP flags and they started shouting loudly ‘are you Jewish’ and then they attacked me. Right after the incident I started running away from the area towards my home.”
E.Y. posted pictures on Twitter which show bruises on her face and body.
Erdogan and his allies have blamed “international groups” for the recent corruption scandal that is now rocking the country.