Hundreds of people have poured to the streets to attack the homes and businesses of Syrians in the Altındağ district of the capital Ankara, revealing what the racist policies of politicians and fake social media rumors have come to.
Crowds chanting anti-Syrian and Islamist slogans were seen attacking Syrians' properties in various videos shared on social media on Aug. 11.
Journalist Alican Uludağ shared a picture from the Önder and Battalgazi neighborhoods, saying that some businesses and vehicles were burned.
Ankara'nın Altındağ ilçesinde Önder ve Battalgazi Mahallelerindeyim. Olaylar bastırılamıyor, yakılan araçlar, işyerleri var. Bütün mahalle sokakta. Başkentin göbeğinde maalesef büyük bir kargaşa var. pic.twitter.com/NBW7LOjSKg— Alican Uludağ (@alicanuludag) August 11, 2021
The attack came after 18-year-old Emirhan Yalçın was killed in a fight between the Syrians and locals in the same neighborhood earlier in the day.
The group consisting of over 1,000 people gathered in the neighborhood on the evening of Aug. 11 in a bid to attack Syrians, with police failing remarkably to stop them.
Altındağ/ Ankara— Nesimi Öztas (@NesimiOeztas) August 11, 2021
Suriyelilerin dükkanları boşaltılıp, malları ateşe verilmiş… pic.twitter.com/kxEmzW5GHN
A police vehicle was heard calling on the people not to fall for provocations and return home.
Some Syrians in the neighborhood left their homes to escape the mob.
Residents of the neighborhood shared videos of the assailants damaging properties.
EVİMİN ÖNÜ GÜNCEL DURUM POLİSLERDE BİŞEY YAPAMIYOR BURALAR İPTAL pic.twitter.com/1JRn2DAGdv— terso (@tersonur06) August 11, 2021
A Syrian in the neighborhood said that they are trying to calm their children down by turning the music's volume all the way up to protect them from the horrendous sounds outside.
Ankara Altındağ bölgesinde bulunan Suriyeli aileler, faşist saldırılara karşı çocuklarının korkmamaları için müzik açıp çocuklarını sakinleştirmeye çalışıyor. pic.twitter.com/FdrI4XNHRn— Hergele Postası (@HergelePostasi) August 11, 2021
Anti-refugee sentiment has been running high in Turkey, most recently flaring up with the arrival of thousands of Afghans.
The Ankara Governor's Office has released a statement shortly after the crowd's attack on Syrian properties, saying that the incident has ended "with the composure of the citizens and intense efforts of security forces."
Altındağ ilçemizde bu akşam meydana gelen bir takım gösteri ve olaylar vatandaşlarımızın soğukkanlılığı ve emniyet güçlerimizin yoğun çalışmaları sonucu an itibariyle sona ermiştir.— T.C. Ankara Valiliği (@AnkaraValiligi) August 11, 2021
Halkımızın provakatif haber ve paylaşımlara itibar etmemeleri önemle rica olunur.
Pictures taken after the mob's attack showed the extent of the damage inflicted on the businesses.
Ankara'nın Altındağ ilçesinde Suriyelilere ait iş yerleri tahrip edildi. pic.twitter.com/2XrXOMyHjx— Pusholder (@pusholder) August 11, 2021