Turkey’s South Africa embassy’s personnel attacks protestors
Security personnel from the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria pounced on members of the Turkey Solidarity Network (TSN) in South Africa, who were protesting Turkish government’s human rights abuses ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to the mission, IOL news reported on Thursday.
"We were very peaceful, yet firmly picketing about Erdoğan's dictatorial rule. Suddenly, security personnel emerged from the embassy and attacked us. I was kicked in the face, and I'm bleeding right now as you can see," said Majesty Mnyandu, interim chairperson of TSN.
The South African police had done nothing to protect the demonstrators against Turkish security personnel’s attack, Mnyandu said. However, members of the TSN were determined to remain in place until Erdoğan saw their placards, he said.
In a statement released ahead of the demonstration, the TSN said: "Turkey's two year-long state of emergency and new anti-terror laws set a backdrop for violations of human rights ... with academics, journalists, political activists and human rights defenders among those targeted.”
President Erdoğan is visiting the South African capital Johannesburg to attend the tenth summit of the BRICS bloc, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.