Tram driver hits animal rights activists in Turkey
DHA PhotosA tram driver in a central Turkish city has hit a group of animal rights activists, injuring one.
Around 60 activists from Turkey’s Protection of Animals Association and Anarchist Initiative organized a demonstration in Eskişehir on June 14. When the group started to march on the road reserved for the tram, the driver stopped and honked at the group.
According to some eyewitnesses, the tram then moved toward the crowd, injuring a protester who was rushed to the hospital. Some members of the group kicked and punched the tram in response.
“She drove the tram into us intentionally. It was a protest against the municipality and they targeted us in revenge,” the association’s chairwoman, Duygu Kurt, reportedly said, adding that the injured protester would file a criminal complaint against the driver.
The group was protesting the recent deaths of several stray animals, accusing the Republican People’s Party (CHP)-run municipality over the deaths.