Large crowds of people in the Turkish capital city of Ankara took to the streets to show their anger at the possible deployment of the NATO Patriot missile batteries along their country’s border with Syria.
During the rally organized by the Turkish Freedom and Solidarity Party on Sunday, protesters carried placards in condemnation of the Turkish government’s demand for the deployment of the NATO Patriot missile systems, and called on their government to leave the organization and close all US and NATO bases on Turkish soil.
Also in the rally, one of the Freedom and Solidarity Party leaders reiterated that the deployment of NATO missiles indicates the Turkish government’s hostile position on neighboring Syria.
She described the deployment of the missile systems as a “factor” which “jeopardizes the future of the Turkish nation,” and stressed that her party and the Turkish nation oppose the measure.
In similar protest rallies, hundreds of people in the Northern Turkish city of Tokat and capital Istanbul took to the streets and burned the US flag to show anger at the possible deployment of the missiles along their country’s border with Syria.
Last month, Turkey officially requested the NATO to deploy Patriot systems along its border with Syria, claiming that the deployment would only be defensive and that it would not “support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation” in Syria.