Mar 07 2018

Ex-Turkish general cuts U.S. speech after Afrin protest

Ilker Basbug, the former head of the Turkish military, was forced to abandon speaking at a panel at a university in Baltimore after he was interrupted by a small group protesting the Turkish military incursion into Afrin, Hurriyet newspaper reported.

The protest in a lecture hall at John Hopkins University began after Basbug explained how U.S. policy toward Syria was contradictory because it was supporting a Kurdish group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

One middle-aged man rose to his feet shouting “Why are you killing innocent people” and “stop bothering Kurds, why are you killing them?” video published by Hurriyet showed.

The newspaper said the protesters were sympathisers of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

Another man, who spoke with an American accent, questioned why Turkey was still a member of NATO and criticised U.S. policy toward the country. He was heckled continuously by Turkish members of the audience.

Both men were ejected from the room, but the protest continued outside, after which the event was cancelled, Hurriyet reported.