LOCAL > Man with machete could be regarded as ‘terror victim’


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S.Ç. was seen holding a machete in the footage. DHA Photo

S.Ç. was seen holding a machete in the footage. DHA Photo

The man who attacked Gezi Park protesters with a machete could be regarded as a ”terror victim” and compensated for the losses his business suffered during the protests, daily Taraf reported today.

The business losses S.Ç., a shop owner in Taksim who attacked protesters with a machete on July 6, claimed to have suffered during the Gezi Park protests could be compensated by the state because he will be regarded as a “terror victim.”

S.Ç. was quoted in the media as claiming that the reason he took to the streets with a machete and attacked Gezi Park protesters was the losses his business was suffering because of the protests, which have been ongoing since the end of May.

The state will compensate the damages shopkeepers have suffered during the protests not only in Istanbul but also around Turkey. Shop owners who document their damages will be classified as “terror victims” and compensated for their losses.

A report prepared by the Istanbul Metropolitan and Istanbul’s Beyoğlu municipalities defining losses of the shopkeepers around Istanbul’s Taksim Square during the Gezi Park protests stated that 1,242 out of almost 5,000 shops had been damaged, marking a loss between 40 and 60 million Turkish Liras, according to daily Taraf.


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mara mcglothin

7/11/2013 6:37:39 PM

MICHELE I would say they are more like the backward bullies on every elementary schoolyard(since most have at least more education than just kindergarten, right?). When they get caught they always point the finger at someone else. "They MADE me do it!" "My dog ate my homework!" and so on.

Rorschach ~

7/11/2013 6:15:01 AM

However, people 'wielding' protest banners are true "terrorists!"

michele suzanne

7/11/2013 3:53:26 AM

If I didn't know better - the government of Turkey is like a group of kindergarden children playing at running a country - what an abomination they are!

american american

7/10/2013 11:10:48 PM

the akp is basically saying you do our dirty work and we will reward you

Stephen Brunette

7/10/2013 10:20:07 PM

In any normal western democracy, this dangerous feleon would have been shot by the police for attempted murder. But then again this is the AKP and the Turkish police. Ayvallah.

Laz Kemal

7/10/2013 9:49:35 PM

Would he be considered a “terror victim” if he attacked covered women?? How disturbed is this government?

Blue Dotterel

7/10/2013 8:33:05 PM

The shop keepers were victims of police and state terror, as were the Gezi protesters. The demonstrators injured by the police should also be compensated. Of course, machete weilders and molotov cocktail throwers should all be charged with assault, as should many of the police. They need to be punished with the political leaders (Mutlu, Erdogan) who provoked the violence against the demonstrators and shop keepers.

Michael Wray

7/10/2013 8:30:15 PM

We have really fallen down the rabbit hole, Alice.


7/10/2013 7:08:54 PM

Topsy Turvey Turkey.

Aryeh Rapaport

7/10/2013 6:51:03 PM

This is crazy- how about compensating the people police officers killed & injured?
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