On International Workers’ Day (May 1) demonstrators held a rally in Hatay, with hundreds holding Syrian flags and pro-Assad posters.
Members of the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and several unions participated in the May 1 rally.
Shouting “We sacrifice our lives and blood to Bashar Assad,” the demonstrators pledged to support Assad due to the alleged killings of Alevis in a Syrian village.
Syria’s regime is dominated by the country’s Alawite minority, the beliefs of which have some theological similarities with those of Turkey’s Alevi community.
Some of the demonstrators clashed with police after rejecting body searches.
UN investigators have collected evidence pointing to the involvement of Bashar Assad in war crimes, UN human rights official Navi Pillay said on Dec. 2013.
Pillay said the UN had “massive evidence of very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity,” committed by the regime.
However, no firm actions have yet been taken by the UN against Assad.
A peaceful march in the capital Ankara was also held by tens of thousands of people.
Demonstrators marched under a cheerful atmosphere and raised their voices for worker safety and better working conditions.