Turkey’s NGOs to hold rally against recent terror attacks

Turkey’s non-governmental organisations issue joint statement against recent terror attacks mostly carried out by outlawed PKK across country

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NGO representatives posed with hats with Turkish flags at press conference

Total of 14 non-governmental organisations on Monday held a joint press conference, making an announcement of a mass rally on Sept. 17, in Turkey’s capital Ankara to condemn recent terror attacks, which were mostly carried out by outlawed PKK across the country.

Speaking on behalf of business associations, unions and professional chambers, Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity (TOBB) said that the participants would meet at Ankara's Sihhiye Square and walk to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM).

“We call on all of our people who curse terror and claim our fraternity. We say no to terrorism, yes to brotherhood,” Hisarciklioglu added.

Hisarciklioglu requested participants to attend the event with Turkish flags and hats only.

The joint call came after recent terror attacks carried out by outlawed PKK claimed at least 117 lives of Turkey’s security forces since July 11, when the PKK’s umbrella organization unilaterally ended over two-year-old ceasefire with the government.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO.

The participants who accepted the call to attend the rally are as follow;

The Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), The Independent Industry and Business Association (MUSIAD), The Confederation of Righteous Trade Unions (Hak-Is), The Turkish Public Workers’ Labor Union (Kamu-Sen), The Confederation of Public Servants’ Trade Unions (Memur-Sen), The Turkish Union of Agricultural Chambers (TZOB), The Turkish Confederation of Employers’ Unions (TISK), The Turkey Tradesmen and Artisans’ Confederation (TESK), The Confederation of Turkish Labor Unions (Turk-Is), The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB), The Union of Chambers of Certified Accountants of Turkey (TURMOB) and the Turkish Retired Noncommissioned Officers Association (TEMAD)

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