2 August 2011 /TODAY’S ZAMAN
In the wake of the tragic events taking place in the Syrian city of Hama, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, sent an ambiguous message on social media site Twitter on Tuesday, failing to condemn the violent crackdown by Syrian forces that has claimed hundreds of lives.
Kılıçdaroğlu simply tweeted that “the people of the Middle East wanting freedom and democracy should not be used as tools to reshape the region.” His message was interpreted as criticism of possible international interference as raised by some politicians in the West. He did not say anything, however, about the killings perpetrated by Syrian forces in Hama. Human rights groups estimate the death toll to be around 150 in a crackdown that started before dawn on Sunday. Turkey has an 800-kilometer-long border with Syria and already hosting thousands of Syrian refugees having fled the country out of fear of Syrian army operations. The Turkish president and the government strongly condemned the attacks, joining the worldwide outcry against Syria.