“We don’t want Syrian refugees.” A football chant reveals Turkey’s crisis?

“We don’t want Syrian refugees.” A football chant reveals Turkey’s crisis?

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“We don’t want Syrian refugees.” A football chant reveals Turkey’s crisis?

Before the start of the opening match of the Turkish Super League 2021-2022, between Besiktas and Rizespor, where the first is considered the second club in the country in terms of the masses, after the famous Galatasaray club, chants began shouting from all over the stadium, calling for the deportation of the Syrians from Turkey, in addition to To Turkish nationalist slogans, with waves of uniform whistling and applause.

The same was repeated during the break, and even during the exit phase in the nearby streets.

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Turkish activist and researcher Emre Salci, in an interview with Sky News Arabia, explained the specifics of what happened last night: “In principle, the Besiktas club’s fans are considered one of Turkey’s most inclined to Turkish nationalism.”

In his interview with Sky News Arabia, Salji added: “But this is not the only factor in the matter, but rather only helping factors. The fans of these clubs have not used such slogans over the past years. In fact, there is popular frustration with Syrian refugees, caused by the lack of job opportunities and the increase in unemployment. And sensitivity to strangers, and accumulated detailed things related to the structure of Turkish society.”

A few days ago, the Turkish capital, Ankara, witnessed violent incidents against Syrian homes and shops, after the killing of a young Turkish man at the hands of a Syrian person. The attacks, which continued throughout the night of last Wednesday-Thursday, affected more than 400 homes and shops, including dozens of Syrian-owned cars, in the Batal Gazi area in the center of the capital, Ankara.

About 3.5 million Syrian refugees reside in Turkey, under temporary residence papers, under which they receive some health and education services.

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