Armed attackers killed seven members of a Kurdish family in Turkey.
According to Turkish media reports, the attackers broke into the family’s home in Konya in the center of the country, killed the residents and tried to set the house on fire. Human rights activists spoke of a racist crime.
The family members were attacked and seriously injured in May. A family member who has now been killed had told the news website “Gazete Duvar” a few days ago that neighbors had threatened the family and said they would “not let Kurds live here”.
The entire family feared for their lives, especially since the police and judiciary did not take action against the attackers at the time.
The family’s lawyer, Abdurrahman Karabulut, spoke of an “absolutely racist attack” on Arti TV. The authorities are “partly responsible for what happened”.
The vice-chairman of the Turkish Human Rights Association, Eren Keskin, wrote on Twitter that she had been informed of the case: “The youngest family member told me: ‘We are very scared.’”
A week and a half ago, a Kurdish farmer in the Konya region was killed by attackers who, according to witnesses, had threatened him that Kurds were not wanted in the village. The prefecture of Konya had rejected a racist background and spoke of a dispute over cattle and land.