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Iran media, activists criticize Turkey's Kobani stance

While Iranian authorities maintain strict red lines for national security issues, media reactions to Turkey's inaction in Kobani reveals Iran's tensions with Turkey over its Syria policy.
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As social activists in Iran gathered for a demonstration against the Turkish government’s policy toward the situation in Kobani, both Reformist and Principlist media outlets have started criticizing the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both events have highlighted the existing differences between the approaches of the Iranian government and that of Turkey regarding the crisis in Syria.

Since Oct. 15, there has been an increase in the number of demonstrations by social activists in support of the people of Kobani, a northern Syrian city bordering Turkey. Al-Monitor was present at the demonstration in front of the United Nations’ office on Shahrzad’s Boulevard in Tehran and estimates that about 1,000 people were present. Well-known leftist personalities such as Fariborz Raisdana and Morad Farhadpoor were also present.

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