Friday dailies in Turkey give wide coverage to Thursday's major anti-terrorism rally in Ankara


World Bulletin / News Desk

A major anti-terrorism demonstration held in the capital Ankara Thursday dominated the front pages of several Turkish dailies Friday.

The Hurriyet ran the headline: “No to terrorism, Yes to brotherhood”. It claimed that more than a 100,000 people participated in the major rally organized by Turkey's prominent 14 non-governmental organizations. More than 250 non-organizations had joined the demonstration, which came after a recent skirmish between Turkish armed forces and the terrorist organization, PKK.

Since July, more than 100 members of the security forces have been martyred and hundreds of PKK terrorists have been killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, including airstrikes.

“Everywhere white and red,” the Hurriyet daily said, referring to the colors of the Turkish flag.

“One flag, one heart,” was Milliyet’s headline, while Vatan said: “Shoulder to shoulder”.

During the rally, Rifat Hisarciklioglu, chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, said that Turkey could not remain silent while some were trying to create hostility “between neighbors and brothers,” according to Milliyet.

Haberturk gave the headline: “Major march against terrorism”; Star said: “Flags united”.

Some Turkish dailies reacted against Hungarian security forces’ intervention against Syrian refugees that were trying to cross into the country.

“Painful destiny of Syrians,” was Star’s headline, publishing a photograph showing a Syrian father whose head was covered in blood as he ran away from security forces while holding a child.

“Hungarian police violently reacted against Syrian refugees whoo were fleeing from death,” Star commented.

Yeni Safak criticized Hungarian security forces, adding: “Police attacked Syrian refugees”.

Vatan said: “Hungarian’s cruelty”. The daily claimed the world reacted against the crackdown. The United Nations was “shocked,” according to the daily.

In economic news, financial newspaper Dunya reported that the U.S. Federal Reserve had decided to leave the interest rate unchanged.

Milliyet said that the Fed’s decision “temporarily” relaxed Turkey, commenting that raising rates would further increase U.S. dollar’s value against the Turkish lira.

The Turkish lira gained slightly against the U.S. dollar to about 2.99 after the announcement.

In sports news, dailies covered Turkish soccer club Fenerbahce’s defeat against Norwegian opponents Molde.

Fenerbahce got off to a bad start in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League Group A qualifiers as they were defeated 1-3 at home by Norwegian champions Molde.

“This is not Fenerbahce,” was Haberturk’s headline, saying that Fenerbahce made “a bad start” for the European league. 

Vatan said: “Defeat”. 

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