Turkish protesters urge PM to resign

People hold signs and the national flags of Turkey and Syria during a protest against the twin bombings in Reyhanli. (File photo)

Turkish demonstrators have taken to the streets in the southern city of Reyhanli near the Syria border, to condemn recent deadly car bombings in the city, urging Turkey’s prime minister to resign.

The protesters on Monday condemned the violence, noting that the outbreak of violence was due to the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoganâ„¢s support for armed insurgents in Syria.

Saturdayâ„¢s twin bombings left 46 people dead and dozens wounded in Reyhanli.

A similar demonstration was held in Ankara on Saturday, in which dozens of people marched in the street and chanted slogans criticizing Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Turkey has accused Damascus of being behind the violence, but Syria has dismissed the claim.

Syria Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi told a news conference on Sunday that his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that.”

He blamed Ankara for the Saturday bombings in Reyhanli as well as the ongoing unrest in Syria by facilitating the flow of arms, explosives, vehicles, militants and money across the border into the Arab country.

Turkey has been one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s harshest critics and has supported the foreign-backed militants fighting to topple his government.

Turkish opposition parties have censured the Turkish government for its intervention in Syriaâ„¢s internal affairs.

Last July, the leader of the Republican Peopleâ„¢s Party warned the government against dragging the country into the Å“Middle Eastern quagmire” with its aggressive anti-Syria stance.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV