On May 31st in Ankara, 20-year-old Kurdish Turk, Barış Çakan, was stabbed to death by a group of Turkish ultra-nationalists. The victim is said to have listened to Kurdish music or, in another version of the events, asked the men to turn down their own music.
By Mehmet Sezgin
The murder is causing a stir in Turkey. According to Kurds, it is yet another racist attack. The Turkish Interior Minister calls this allegation a "provocation." Meanwhile, Turkish nationalist circles are mocking the death of Çakan. In contemporary Turkey, it is possible for a teacher to tweet that he is overcome with grief about the death of George Floyd, but later mock the murder of an innocent Kurdish man. I have long wondered how this is possible.