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Anti-Kurdish racism stains soccer pitch in western Turkey

The attacks raised the specter of inter-communal violence ahead of watershed elections that are due to be held on May 14
Water bottles, knives and other objects are thrown on the pitch in the Bursa Timsah Arena in Turkey.

Members of a second division local soccer team were greeted like heroes by thousands of fans in Diyarbakir, the unofficial capital of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast region, today after enduring racist attacks during a match Sunday in the western city of Bursa in which one player was injured and several fans were viciously beaten.

Opposition Kurdish politicians and other notables joined jubilant citizens in circle dances to the beat of drums as Amedspor players made their way home on a bus from the airport. “Kurdistan will be a graveyard for fascism. Stand tall, don’t bow,” the crowds chanted.

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