Turkey asks ‘what happened to us’ over fans’ disrespect

On a night of European soccer matches between national teams, the scenes in London and Istanbul were a study in contrast. The British and French fans at London’s Wembley Stadium sang the French national anthem in solidarity over the Paris attacks, while in Istanbul hundreds of Turkish fans booed the Greek national anthem and disrupted a moment of silence for those killed in Paris. The ugly incident illustrated what has been an ambivalent reaction to the attacks in Turkey — France’s NATO ally. While soccer fans are in no way representative of society as a whole, the scenes showed that the Paris attacks did not draw the same outpouring

of grief as elsewhere in the mainly Muslim country, where recent research showed 8 percent of the population had a favorable view of the Islamic State group. Analysts said the episode revealed the dim view some Turks have of European nations they accuse of insensitivity toward attacks by Kurdish rebels and other groups that have plagued Turkey over the past few decades.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4729755,00.html

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