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Demonstrations in Ankara

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi affirmed on Monday that what Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said reflects obvious political and diplomatic confusion and blundering.

During his meeting with popular activities, al-Zoubi said “Turkey isn’t the Ottoman Sultanate; the Turkish Foreign Ministry doesn’t name custodians in Damascus, Mecca, Cairo and Jerusalem.”

The information Minister advised the Turkish government to step down in favour of figures that are accepted by the Turkish people, which would benefit Turkey.

He stressed that the Turkish government must stop destroying the future of the Turkish people, noting that Turkey’s weight has decreased greatly under the current government.

Demonstrations are spreading all over Turkey with a call for the Government to stand down.

The Alawite sect in Turkey poured into the streets and squares demanding the Justice and Development government to fulfil its commitment and promises.

Ten years ago, the ruling party vowed to end sectarian discrimination, achieve equality in rights and duties, and recognize the role of Alwaite’s worship, named as “Gathering Homes.”

In parallel, demonstrators chanted anti-war against Syria slogans and strongly criticized the policy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. They also urged it to adopt a language of peace with its citizens and neighbors.

Some protesters also raised flag of the Syrian Arab Republic and banners that read: “We will neither be slaves of the Sultan nor soldiers for America.”

The demonstration, held in the Turkish capital Ankara, was organized by the Alwaite Federation of Associations and Institutions.

The protest included tens of thousands of Turkish citizens and various representatives of political parties and civil organizations.

Meanwhile, a wide participation of the largest Turkish opposition party MPs, the Republican People, was recorded.

Source: al-Intiqad, Translated and Edited by moqawama.org