Target: Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister, Turkey
Goal: Apologize for Turkish football fans chanting terrorist words during moment of silence.
Prior to Tuesday’s football (soccer) match between Turkey and Greece, Turkish fans jeered and chanted controversial words during a moment of silence for the victims of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. Video has gone viral and in its audio, fans of Turkey’s football club can be heard chanting “Allahu Akbar,” alongside booing and hissing during the moment of respect. The words spoken are said to have been used by terrorists when they attacked Paris’ Charlie Hebdo offices earlier this year, and the disrespect shown by Turkish fans has unleashed a much-warranted social media storm.
Demand Turkey apologize for its citizens’ calloused and blatant disrespect of the people who lost their lives during Friday’s Paris attacks. There is no excuse for such behavior, and Turkey owes France and the world an apology and much greater signs of respect.
Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu,
Video on social media shows Turkish fans booing, hissing and chanting controversial words during a moment of silence for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks on Paris. I am writing to you as Turkey’s Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, as you should have a marked understanding and concern over your country’s behavior toward international relations, and there are not words in any language to describe how disrespectful this behavior was.
Showing such blatant disregard of the loss of human life during a moment in which respect is understood throughout the world is incomprehensible, and your nation should be ashamed of these citizens. People took to social admonishing your nation and these fans. One person described the behavior as “disgusting and barbaric,” and rightfully so. You owe Paris and the world a sincere apology for the behavior and disrespect of your citizens.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Aaron “Tango” Tang