A Kurdish family attacked by racists in Turkey - report

A Kurdish family from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq has been subjected to a racist attack in Turkey’s southern Mersin province, Mezopotamya news agency reported on Friday.

Three people cursing and making grey wolf signs, attacked the family with stones and batons and one seriously, two have been injured, it said.

The attackers who were taken into custody by the security forces in the following hours, claimed that the fighting erupted because of a traffic accident, the news agency said.

The attackers hit the man who was seriously injured with stones on his head and face several times and that the man has fainted in blood, a citizen named Cihan Kutluk, who helped the family after the attack, said.

The other family member who was attacked was a 12-13-year-old child, Kutluk said.

As the assailants left the crime scene, they threatened to kill those who would tried to testify, he added.

The “grey wolf” sign, in which the middle and ring fingers are placed on the thumb with the remaining two fingers sticking up like a wolf’s ears, has long been associated with the Grey Wolves, an extreme nationalist street movement and is also used by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) far-right coalition ally, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).