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Demo held in Ankara over airstrike in SE
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Turkish demonstrators protest against the military's airstrike that killed 35 villagers near the border with Iraq during a rally in Ankara on December 29, 2011.
Turkish demonstrators protest against the military's airstrike that killed 35 villagers near the border with Iraq during a rally in Ankara on December 29, 2011.
Turkish demonstrators protest against the military's airstrike that killed 35 villagers near the border with Iraq during a rally in Ankara on December 29, 2011.Activists in Ankara have staged a demonstration to protest against the December 28 airstrike that killed 35 villagers in the southeast of the country, Press TV reports. 

At the demonstration, which was held in the Turkish capital on Saturday, the Turkish activists condemned the policy that Ankara is pursuing in its campaign against terrorism, saying that it has endangered the lives of civilians. 

“The new concept that is being pursued and includes active cooperation and intelligence exchange with the U.S., mobilizing the Special Forces, active use of drones and F-16 fighter jets without any supervision in operations has paved the way for more deaths,” said Serife Gul Ariman, who is the chairperson of the Ankara branch of the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People. 

The activists also called on the government to prosecute all the people responsible for the attack. 

On Wednesday, Turkish warplanes bombed areas along the border with Iraq near the border village of Aortas in Signac province, targeting 40 suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists. 

Ankara has admitted its military forces had mistakenly killed Kurdish smugglers based on inaccurate data transmitted by reconnaissance drones and has expressed condolences to the families of the victims. 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the attack as "unfortunate" and "saddening" and noted that half the dead were under 20 years of age. 

The Kurdish majority southeast has been the scene of demonstrations and clashes between demonstrators and police forces since the deadly blunder. 

On Friday, thousands of mourners attended the funeral of the victims of the Turkish airstrike. 

Survivors and witnesses of the airstrike have questioned the military's claim that they had mistaken them for PKK terrorists, arguing that the lightness of the smugglers' load should have made it obvious they were not militant fighters. 

(Source: Press TV)

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