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    Military issues flag ultimatum

    Turkish Daily News
    23.03.2005 - 11:04 | Son Güncelleme: 23.03.2005 - 11:04

    The Turkish Armed Forces, politicians and the public strongly condemn a flag-desecration incident in Mersin, while Kurdish leaders describe it as provocation . The Office of the Chief of General Staff said on Tuesday the Turkish Armed Forces were determined to defend the country and its flag down to the last drop of its blood, just like its forefathers had, warning those who misinterpreted their patience and aloofness.

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül also condemned individuals in Mersin who had dragged the Turkish flag on the ground on Monday, describing them as "miserable."  Kurdish Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) leader Tuncer Bakırhan said on Tuesday that the Turkish flag was also the Kurds' flag, condemning flag-burning attempts in Mersin.

    He said there were some groups trying to instigate incidents in order to realize their criminal objectives, adding that all Kurds honored the common values of the nation.

    Meanwhile, the police department gave a reward to the police officer who had prevented the flag burning.

    Right-wing groups staged protests in Mersin on Tuesday, declaring their determination to protect the country against those who were trying to divide it.

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