Angelina Jolie Turkey
June 18, 2011 by Post Team
Angelina Jolie Turkey, Hundreds of Syrians displaced in an old snuff mill which became a refugee camp in the south of this city met Friday against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and went up against a cordon of Turkish police, hoping that the publicity surrounding Angelina Jolie’s visit would draw attention to their plight.
But even on a day when the news said at least 18 people died in Syria in the demonstrations against the dictatorship, the arrival of paparazzi buzzing about Jolie apparently submerged import of the uprising. A popular Turkish newspaper focused not on protesters in Friday’s editions, but the sensual beauty of internationally acclaimed actress who was visiting, take a photo of Jolie sporting a prominent bear torso and chest. His visit was also made fun of Twitter users who described it as a publicity stunt.
And finally, the actress and UN humanitarian ambassador finished visiting another camp in southern Turkey.
“An actor is famous and not so much media, but gave up when he left,” said Rosh Abdelfattah, a filmmaker exiled Syrian camp tried to shoot for a documentary on the uprising.
A handful of reporters, curious bystanders and police enraged Turks were the only witnesses to the announcement of a hunger strike camp and other disturbances to highlight the delicate position of Turkey as allies of the Syrian regime and welcomes more than 9,500 refugees who have fled Assad deadly military campaign to crush an uprising by 3 months of age.
“Help! The regime is killing us! Have burned our villages!” yelled a woman crying which had a sign demanding the expulsion of Assad.
Human rights organizations estimate that more than 1,000 people have died in Syria, and dozens more injured in fierce government crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations that emerged as part of the rebellion of the Arab spring.
Newly elected Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose once warm relationship with Assad has been affected by the bloodshed next door, has demanded the reforms of his Syrian counterpart, but has not supported regime change.
As the crisis grinds to a peaceful solution in sight, growing concern about what Turkey will do with the thousands of Syrian refugees are concentrated right on the border, unable to return to their villages battered, but reluctant to living in prison-like conditions in the camps of Turkish.
Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch, the international monitoring group, said the unrest in the fields of Turkey stressed the difficult position of Erdogan.
On the one hand, Bouckaert said Turkey has fulfilled its humanitarian duty, providing shelter for the Syrians who want to cross the border. Moreover, Turkey is restricting the movement of refugees and prevent them from sharing their horrible ordeal with the media, which goes against international standards for dealing with asylum seekers, he said.
“Turkey is afraid that the stories of atrocities in Syria will leave the Turkish soil,” said Bouckaert, who had spent the last two days of recording testimonies of traumatized refugees camped in a valley between the countries.
Turkish workers who spent hours on Friday Yayladagi arranging the field, giving fresh coats of paint and cleaning the iron bars surrounding the enclosure, as part of the fanfare that preceded the arrival of Jolie in southern Turkey.
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