1 June 2012 /HİLAL KAPLAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was right about the many points he made about the Uludere incident, until now, that is.
Yet his statement at his party’s last group meeting that the smugglers from Uludere who were killed by a Turkish military air strike had not stepped on a mine before because they must have been given a map of the landmines in the region by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is unfortunate. Now please look at these facts: The father of Salih Encü, one of the Uludere victims, lost his legs because he stepped on a mine; victim Aslan Encü’s older brother lost one if his legs while on his way to obtain goods for smuggling in order to provide for his 10 siblings and Aslan was killed while smuggling goods to earn the money needed to buy a prosthetic leg for his brother; The father of two Uludere victims, Halil Encü, lost both his legs and an arm because of a mine. And yet it is still difficult for Erdoğan to say “civilian villagers” instead of “smugglers who were cooperating with the PKK.”