"Do not touch my brother" ... Campaign for solidarity with the Syrian refugees in Istanbul Culture and Society -

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"They threw us stones and the window of the shop completely broke. We were three inside and we were very scared." This is what Syrian Ahmed Yassin said about acts of violence similar to those that took place last weekend in Istanbul, a press reporter from the site told us on the website of Muhajir News, who declined to be identified. The Syrian refugee, who fled Aleppo six years ago, works in a hairdresser's salon in the district of Kuchuk-Shkammja, where an attack by an angry crowd of Turkish youths resulted in the destruction of shop windows.

Not only that, but a bakery owned by a Syrian refugee, Mohammed al-Amari, also smashed shop windows in the same area when he went to work.
The campaign of hatred against Syrian refugees resulted from a misunderstanding caused by a rumor over a verbal battle between a Syrian boy and a Turkish girl and it was not confirmed whether it was sexual assault or harassment, forcing the Turkish police to disperse angry crowds using tear gas and water cannons.
The hate campaign caused the launch of the "#SuriyelilerDefoluyor" (for the Syrians to turn away from us) on social networks. To occupy the top spot in Turkey for the first time since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution and the flight of millions of Syrians to Turkey. Another Hashtag under the name of "SyriansGetOut "(the Syrians out) saw a great deal of interaction.

"You have no place in this country"

It was not only the Syrians who were subjected to such harassment, but also the Turks themselves who operated the Syrian refugees in their work. A crowd of angry Turks vandalized a restaurant in Istanbul, employing a number of Syrian refugees. "If someone finds a dead cat on the street, you'll find someone who says Syria killed her," he said. "We have to stop making Syrians as a scapegoat "of the economic situation, according to the French Press Agency.

Turkish police said they arrested 16 people on charges of inciting against Syrian refugees in Istanbul, and revealed that a group on the WattsApp application was publishing data under the name of "Activist Youth", which included 58 members, who were exaggerating events. She said she had arrested 11 people from the group.
Akram Emamoglu, Istanbul's new mayor of the opposition People's Party, called on Turkish citizens to "calm and restrain themselves in dealing with Syrian refugees", saying "we are humane and not racist", vowing to provide material and moral assistance to them in Istanbul, , But he criticized the Turkish state administration from the beginning of this crisis, "opening the door wide for 3 million people without following the standards and a national mechanism, without a book or account and accountability," he said.
A number of Turks blame the Syrian refugees for their deteriorating economic situation, claiming that the refugees get jobs alongside the support of the Turkish state in treatment, education and other matters.

Campaigns to support Syrian refugees

On the other hand, Turkish bloggers have rejected the campaign against Syrian refugees in several languages, stressing that Turkey has no place for hatred or racism. Some of them even wrote a comment on what was happening to a number of Turks who had emigrated to Germany and met with the same bulk, "Go back to your country." They wondered if we were rejecting what was happening to us in Germany, so we should not repeat it in our country and with our Syrian brothers.
For their part, Syrian mourners expressed their deep sadness at the escalating campaign against them. Abd Allah Allaf said that his Syrian ancestors defended the Ottoman Empire and fought under its banner during World War I. How can this happen to us today?
Other activists have launched a name called Karde; imeDokunma # or "Do not touch my brother" to refuse to attack the Syrians and encourage more Turks to be solidarity with them.
"Turkish solidarity position with Syrian refugees"
Others wrote: "Stop racist attacks against Syrian refugees." Turkey is home to the largest number of refugees in the world, receiving more than 3.5 million Syrians – including half a million people in Istanbul alone – forced to flee the war in their country.
A study by Istanbul's Kader Haas University last week showed that the proportion of Turks dissatisfied with Syrian presence in their country rose from 54.5 percent in 2017 to 67.7 percent in 2019.
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