Sunday, January 20, 2013

Turkish People Rally against Patriot Missile Deployment

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of residents in Turkey's Southern city of Adana staged a protest rally against the Patriot missiles stationed at the country's border with Syria.

During the rally organized by a number of Turkish NGOs, the people residing in Adana city moved towards the US Incirlik Air Base which is located approximately seven miles from Adana.

The protestors carried placards and chanted slogans against the presence of foreign forces in their country after arriving at the area near the Incirlik base.

The Turkish police and security forces prevented the demonstrators from entering the base by erecting some obstacles on their way.

On December 4, NATO approved Turkey's request for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles along its border with Syria.

People in Turkey have taken to the streets and held massive rallies across the country during the past few weeks to show anger at the possible deployment of NATO's Patriot missiles along their country's border with Syria.

In December, Turkey's Communist Party in a statement lashed out at Ankara for its decision to deploy NATO's Patriot missile batteries along the border with Syria, and said the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a heavy price for turning Turkey into a battlefield.

"The government of Turkey's Justice and Development party has deployed the Patriot missile system, and foreign military forces are standing on Turkish soil without the government's official agreement," the statement said.

"The government of Erdogan will pay the price for the illegal turning of Turkey into a battlefield," it added.

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