Tourist BEATEN to a PULP by Turkish nationalists and forced to say ‘I love Turkey’

The horrifying scene captured the moment the sick Turkish nationalists1 expressed their delight after beating the poor tourist up. The grisly footage sees the gang approach a French tourist on the streets of Ankara. The tourist is alone and does not appear to be able to speak Turkish, according to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet2.

The thugs hand the man a Turkish flag and yell: “You will be punched if you don t hold the flag.

You have to hold the flag if we give it to you.”

Tourist BEATEN To A PULP By Turkish Nationalists And Forced To Say 'I Love Turkey'GETTY; LIVELEAK

A French tourist was reportedly beaten in Ankara by Turkish nationalists

The gang of men had been patrolling the streets of the capital Ankara as part of government-encouraged “democracy watches”.3

Since the failed coup4 last month there have been a number of cases of Turkish nationalists taking the law into their own hands. Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m has urged the public to “claim the streets” and fight the “traitors”. Vigilantes walk the streets and threaten and attack those who fail to pledge allegiance to the country.

Tourist BEATEN To A PULP By Turkish Nationalists And Forced To Say 'I Love Turkey'GETTY

The ‘democracy watch’ activists patrol Turkey since the coup

During the clip, the thugs viciously beat the French man. The tourist’s face can be seen badly bruised and bleeding with one eye closed up. The gang then force the tourist to repeat after them: “I love Turkey.

I am Turkish.”

The attack was caught on Snapchat by one of the men behind the ambush

He captioned the video: “He didn t take Turkish flag so we beat the crap out of him.”

Tourist BEATEN To A PULP By Turkish Nationalists And Forced To Say 'I Love Turkey'GETTY

He was refused to hold a Turkish flag – and was beaten for it

He didn t take Turkish flag so we beat the crap out of him

Turkish nationalist in video

The gang then let the beaten and bruised tourist free and he is seen hobbling away down the street. The aggressive reaction since the coup has also seen a severe drop of around 53 per cent in tourism in the country. The country’s tourist industry is experiencing the worst summer since the early 1990s.

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References

  1. ^ Turkish nationalists (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ Cumhuriyet (www.cumhuriyet.com.tr)
  3. ^ government-encouraged “democracy watches”. (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ failed coup (www.express.co.uk)

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