ANTAKYA-Thousands of Turkish people staged rallies in Antakya province at the country’s border with Syria to voice their protest against Ankara’s hostility towards the Syrian government and nation. The Saturday rallies were organized by Turkey’s Labor Party, one of the main opposition parties in the country.
During the rallies, people shouted slogans in support of the Syrian nation and leaders and lauded their resistance against the plots hatched by the West and its regional proxies.
They also condemned the setting up of bases on Turkey’s soil to train terrorists under the direct supervision of the US in order to support the so-called Free Syrian Army.
The development came after revelations about the smuggling of arms to anti-government terrorist groups in Syria via the US Air Base in Incirlik in Southern Turkey sparked popular protests in the country.
Reports from Syria said that Ankara is playing a major role in the events taking place in Syria, especially through providing weapons and logistical backup for terrorists.
Meantime, a poll conducted by the Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), an Istanbul-based think-tank, on Friday showed that a majority of the Turkish people are against their country’s intervention in Syria’s unrests.
According to the poll, as much as 57% of the 1,500 participants in the survey expressed their opposition to the Turkish government’s intervention in Syria’s internal affairs, and said they favored a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis.
The poll was conducted between May 5 and June 5.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.
The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.