Violence Erupts In Turkey After Prominent Lawyer Is Assassinated On Live TV

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A day after Turkey arrested two journalists for their report exposing Erdogan's weapons deliveries to "extremist groups" in Syria, confirming that no dissent to the president's foreign policy would be allowed, today a new riot has erupted in Istanbul following the dramatic murder in broad daylight of Tahir Elci, the president of the Turkish bar association in southeastern Diyarbakir province, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while giving a public speech.

A campaigner for Kurdish rights, Elci had been criticized in Turkey for saying the banned Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization, as the government
describes it. He had, however, denounced PKK violence. He was facing trial over his comments, which had infuriated state prosecutors. A Turkish prosecutor last month demanded up to seven and a half years of prison tme for Elci on the grounds of "making propaganda of a terror organization" after remarks he made supporting the PKK.

Just before being gunned down, Elci called for peace and the silencing of all guns.

Moments later TV footage showed a shoot out breaking out and plain clothes police repeatedly shooting at a figure running past them towards Elci.  He was then seen lying on the ground with blood apparently streaming from his head. He was later pronounced dead from gunshot to the head. A policeman was also killed in the gunfight.



The killing which was captured on tape, took place while Tahir Elci was making a statement to the media.

"The moment the statement ended, the crowd was sprayed with bullets,” Reuters cited Omer Tastan, a local official from the pro-Kurdish HDP party, as saying. "A single bullet struck Elci in the head," he said, adding that 11 people had also been injured in the incident.

In other words, a hit meant to take out the pro-Kurdish lawyer, staged as an attack by the very people he was defending.

According to the state Anadolu news agency, it was Kurdish insurgents that opened fire, killing Elci, as well as a police officer, and injuring three other people, among them correspondents of the leading Turkish media organizations – the Anatolia and Dogan news agencies

That, however,  appears to be just more state propaganda, because as journalists were quick to point out, Elci not only was a pro-Kurd activist but defended the "Terrorist" PKK, which is Erdogan's political nemesis.

Then Erdogan himself chimed in, saying "I have just learnt that Bar Association President Mr. Tahir Elçi died and a policeman was martyred," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting in the northwestern province of Bal?kesir. “This incident shows how Turkey is right in its determined stance in fighting terrorism." The irony is that according to the official narrative, Elci was somehow assassinated by the same people whom he was defending, which, needless to say, makes very little sense.

According to Today Szaman, in a video clip of the incident taken by the Dogan News Agency, men hiding behind the minaret of a nearby mosque started firing at Elci and people standing with him. "A person ran towards Tahir Elci, fired with one hand and then started to run away. Then fighting started," Dogan news agency reporter Felat Bozarslan said.

The US Embassy expressed shock over Elci's death, calling him a "courageous defender of human rights. Our condolences go to his family, that of the policeman killed and to all of Turkey. A terrible loss," the embassy said on Twitter.

Two policemen and a reporter of the state-run Anadolu news agency were injured in the gunfire, along with an unknown number of civilians, Dogan news agency said. One of the policeman was in critical condition, it said.

Turkey's People's Democratic Party (HDP) condemned Elci's killing which it described as an "planned assassination" and called a protest in Istanbul in a written statement.

"In the place left by Tahir Elci, thousands more Tahir Elcis will carry on the work in the struggle for law and justice," it said. Noting that Elçi had been targeted by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its media, the statement called on political parties, civil society and professional groups to "raise their voices" in protest. Metin Feyzioglu, head of the Turkish Bar Association (TBB), said he and members of the executive board of the TBB will be heading to Diyarbakir, inviting all executives of local bar associations across Turkey to join.

"This bullet has been fired at not only our brother but at Turkey as a whole. We need to show that our unity will not be undermined and this heinous attack will not succeed," said Feyzioglu.

And so the tension across Turkey rises even more, only this time it has nothing to do with the country's ruinous foreign politics and everything to do with Erdogan's relentless attempt to crackdown on all domestic political adversaries.

Meanwhile, as summoned, at least 2000 people gathered in central Istanbul in Turkey late on Ssaturday, to protest the killing of Elci According to RT, one of the few media organizations covering today's political violence in Turkey, police used water cannon and tear gas, ordering protesters to disperse, RT's William Whiteman reported from the scene. He himself and an RT cameraman were also teargased during the clashes, the reporter added.

Protesters grew more and more angry with the police who were "being incredibly heavy-handed," Whiteman reported, adding that people were chanting slogans accusing President Erdogan of being a "thief" and a "killer."

Helicopters have been heard flying low over the area, and the "violent" protests are continuing into the night.

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Looney's picture

But… but… Erdogan is civilized – he didn’t chop off the guy’s head, as King Salman would’ve done. Right? ;-)


Deathrips's picture

Destabalize another country...who does that?


Turkey will lead the charge out of nato...fingers crossed.



-.-'s picture

If anyone on ZerøHedge knows Turkish, I'd be infinitely greatful...





tmosley's picture

So, when are the Turks going to put this madman's head on a pike?

His actions are showing ever decreasing rationality and forethought. It's like the country is being run by a petulant child.

LawsofPhysics's picture

LOL!, please, you know the answer to that question. When it benefits the interests of NATO, the IMF, and the central banks in the west...

same as it ever was ...

BaBaBouy's picture

""Violence Erupts In Turkey After Prominent Lawyer Is Assassinated On Live TV""

AND Turkey Is The EU's, NATO"s and uSA's "Great Partner & Ally" ???

BaBaBouy's picture

<=== TURKEY Next On The List For ""ARAB Spring"" ???

Bokkenrijder's picture

What a perfect 'blueprint for a totalitarian state' is Turkey, Dijsselbloem and his drinking buddy JC Juncker will be happy to usher Turkey into the EU.

HowdyDoody's picture

Turkey ... i) arrest or kill journalists, ii) assassinate lawyers, and iii) have nice peaceful get-togethers with ISIS members near Kobane

The activities in this video are comparable to similar encounters between ISIS and IDF in the Golan. They really are all Brothers in Arms.


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Anonymous User (not verified) HowdyDoody Nov 28, 2015 2:29 PM

Hopefully there won't be too much to wait until Turkey will be turned into the belly dancing ho of Putin.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

There seem to be a lot of job openings in Turkey lately.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Two days after Thanksgiving and the Turkey killings continue? Shocking!

JLee2027's picture

If the Turks do come apart, Istanbul is being renamed back to Constantinople, the Christian city it was founded as.

Socratic Dog's picture

Funny that the guy running in to shoot him was carrying a gun, not a knife.  As all Hedgers havebeen informed (, a knife is infinitely more dangerous than a gun.

Apologies for the threadjack.  Couldn't help myself.

jeff montanye's picture

well as rahm is a dual citizen and vet of the israeli defense forces (and an architect of obama's fabulously disastrous foreign policy), it all comes round since turkey's isis oil is brokered by erdogan's son to israel (they like to buy wholesale and illegal), one of the co-inventors of isis and, now, of the new (syrian and iraqi) kurdistan to come, where erdogan, if still in place, will attempt to herd the turkish kurds.  

Manthong's picture

well, some folks do not want a good crisis to go to waste...

and Chicago is great crisis that is not being wasted by the Zionistas.


I think I might be the first to coin the word "Zionistas"... yes?

Anonymous User's picture
Anonymous User (not verified) Manthong Nov 29, 2015 5:59 AM

Turkey is NOT in the EU but wishes to enter.

I hope the EU dismembers itself before opening up to Turkey. 

If not, this is EU's more likely future:

Hugh G Rection's picture

I prefer it much more than "Zionazis"

xavi1951's picture

In fact, as I have tried to explain before, if a man with a knife is withing 20' of you, unless you get a lucky head shot, he can slice you up and stand a better chance of bleeding out then he does.  That is gone over in most police training programs on shoot-don't shoot scenarios.  Just ask an ER Doctor what they think.

snr-moment's picture

Well at least the mass shootings that plague our country [US] don't happen in other countries.

Manthong's picture

but the good news is that some of us shoot back..

as a wise person once said.. "a shoot-out is way better than a massacre".

Manthong's picture

I guaran.. f’n T you that if I was carrying in that Paris concert hall, more than one of the operators would have holes in their heads.

If one is trained and has point of aim, one will not waste a round trying to hit the center mass ceramic.

BTW, note my use of the word “operators”.

and heck.. a nifty little anecdote..

When they finally passed CCW in Illinois and the final qual was shooting at a target a lousy 10 feet or so away..  the instructor was wondering why there were no other holes on my target..

.and that was because they were all concentrated in the two inch hole in the middle.

I used my comfy little Beretta 9mm for that test.



HowdyDoody's picture


ii) assassinate lawyer who is a prominent member of the Kurdish opposition party

[also - enough with the auto-play videos]

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Only another Ataturk can save Turkey now from its downfall ...

kiwidor's picture

no.  it's the big man syndrome that has turkey in a jam.  these nutjob turks take everything as a personal affront.  a nation of insecure children who compensate by being part of a gang, which has to have a strong leader. 

another saviour isn't going to stop that cycle.  Turkey needs to be split up into multiple republics .  a separate kurdish nation would be a good start.

now where's that bitch Nuland when we need her?


Luc X. Ifer's picture

Do you know who Ataturk was?!

jeff montanye's picture

and a zionist. 

and a british agent.

and gay, not that there's anything wrong with that last one.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

and you are obviously an ignorant idiot

Optimusprime's picture

Sorry, Turkey has had enough of crypto-Jews.

Sparkey's picture

Don't worry Luc, this will pass quickly!

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I read the UK's weekend FT (Financial Times) over lunch. There was no mention whatsoever of the Russian bomber being shot down several days ago.

This paper supposedly prides itself on objective analysis of important events.

Not one single mention of this blatant, premeditated act of war.

Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot?

No mention of Turkey's active support of Isis.

No mention of the oil sales or the arms supplies.

The mainstream media is complicit in the crimes.

Pathetic, piece of shit shill presstitutes.

hongdo's picture

Correct and very sad that so many read that tripe.  I used to until I could not correlate it with the facts.  "Talk your book" is the law.

trader1's picture


Last updated: November 24, 2015 6:44 pm

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Optimusprime's picture

And I have friends--staunch "progressives"--who think reading FT and The Economist (both Rothschild organs) somehow keeps one realistically abreast of the news.

Killdo's picture

you are right - FT is pathetic - I stopped reading it about 6 months ago after many years. Even their best books of they year section is not that good any more. 

I've noticed the Guardian is pretty anti-Russian (but comments are almost like ZH)

DetectiveStern's picture

The Gaurdian delete so many comments. I'm always getting mine deleted whenever I post links to facts about the Politician Paedophiles running this country.

SixIsNinE's picture

seriously ?  that's pretty seriously wrong ...

at least our small local paper put a small column to it on the first page pretty quick. 


It's SERIOUS folks ...

what if the general human population was to begin to be infused with a new sense of purpose and understanding of why we are here now   -  and it could be accomplished in a similar time frame as if everyone scheduled an appointment with the optometrist and got a new prescription, whether it be IntraLase LASIK, contact lenses, or glasses.  

To really see with new eyes - but this is an internal new vision - which is gained by the medicine activating the pineal gland and Experiencing only what can be said as having such effectiveness of seeing the wisdom of a path of peace instead of a path of war. 

We really can awaken to the possibilities of a Peaceful living together .... the combination of Music Medicine yields Miracles

  ...  i wrote a paper about this medicine while also offering opinions on the events of 11 September 2001.  I'd love the opportunity to share the importance of this medicine toward a brighter, better, more beautiful world. 

RIP John Lennon   - Pat Tillman - Jimi Hendrix 

Founding Fathers of the Sgt. TiLLmAn's PUrple HearTs CLuB  - Banzai - I will email you - I want to collaborate with you on a t-shirt for this -


JRobby's picture

Later in the day in another part of the world, Archduke Ferdinand was assasinated triggering.................................

hannah's picture

...and germany bombs pearl harbor.

WOAR's picture

And then America saves the day! Ooorah!


Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) Haus-Targaryen Nov 28, 2015 9:05 PM

Perhaps but that mother fucker aint so "prominate" now

Freddie's picture

How many months ago was there big protests against Erdogan over a park and his authoritarian rule?  Was that about 8 months ago?  The Turkish people were rising up but they used tear gas and bullets against the people.

He lives in a f***king 110 or more room palace.  The guy is a real bag of shit but the Turkish military is run by the See Aye Eye and Moose-ad. All payoofs and bribery plus threats.  Someone wrote they think the Turkish military with the See Eye Aye and Moose-ad decided to shoot down the Russian Su-24 not erdogan.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

If they lose their jobs, perhaps they can start a circus because there appears to be an awful lot of clowning going on.

kiwidor's picture

That possibility hasn't escaped the notice of the Russians.  Now what better outcome would be an orthodox christian renaissance stretching westly from the Third Rome  back  to the second rome, Istanbul Constantinople Byzantium


Anacrust's picture

The CIA only gets involved if you stray from the agenda. Turkey is following the play at this point, so no western supported revolution needed.

fleur de lis's picture

The CIA is a curse on this Earth.