Turkish police break anti-NATO protest
Turkish police in the northwestern city of Edirne have cracked down on people who wanted to hold a demonstration to protest against the plan to install parts of a NATO missile system in their country, Press TV reports.
The protesters, students from Edirne Youth Association, who have been trying since December 16 to establish tents in the city for their campaign against the system, our correspondent in Ankara reported on Tuesday.
Turkish police have so far prevented the students from setting up an encampment, saying the effort is not authorized by the government.
Clashes erupted between the protesters and police forces after people refused to end their gathering.
Protesters carried banners reading “No to Missile Shield”, “AKP (ruling party) compromises with murderer US,” and “No to US, No to EU, We Want Independent Turkey.”
A military installation in the village of Kurecik has been chosen as the missile site, which is located 700 kilometers from the Iranian border.
Turkish citizens have held many demonstrations in Kurecik to protest against the agreement between the NATO and Turkish government over the planned installation of the system.
In October, thousands of people took to the streets of Kurecik to condemn the plan.
In September, Ankara announced that it had agreed to allow the deployment of the X-Band system, developed by the United States for NATO, on its territory.