[ View the story "Kurdish activists' bodies returned to Turkey" on Storify] Kurdish activists' bodies returned to Turkey Turkey debates the deaths of three Kurdish women killed in Paris.
The Stream· Wed, Jan 16 2013 13:17:09
One man sitting in the first ambulance is crying while doing a peace sign to the rhythm of the people chants. #ParisMurders #AmedShilan
Much of the grief was focused on Sakine Cansiz, who was a co-founder of the PKK.
Many Turks, however, decried the decision to bring the bodies to Turkey, referring to the women as "terrorists". ("We are the only country in the world to conduct a ceremony for terrorists") was a top trend in the country.
Translation: "We have the only prime minister in the world who addresses the terrorist leader [PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan] as 'revered'".
#TeroristeTorenYapanTekUlkeyiz teroristlerin ele basina 'sayin' diye hitap eden tek basbakan bizde !İrem Geylan
#TeröristeTörenYapanTekÜlkeyiz barış isteyenler kapayın çenenizi o kadar şehitlerimize anlarımıza göz yumamayız ATA'mız da istemezdi böyle.Berkan ARITEKİN
Translation: "Those who want peace, shut up, we can't close our eyes to so many martyrs, our Ataturk (founder of Turkish republic) would not want that".
Other Turks disagreed and advocated for a more moderate stance regarding Kurds in Turkey.
Translation: "Instead of saying, 'We are the only country in the world to conduct a ceremony for terrorists', if we said, 'May those who died rest in peace, let's put this behind us, it is time for this war to end' -- it would be amazing".
#TeröristeTörenYapanTekÜlkeyiz demek yerine "Ölene Allah rahmet eylesin, helalleşelim, bu savaş artık bitsin" deseydik #MuhteşemOlurduFatih Tezcan
Toplumun ezici çoğunluğu, Türkler de Kürtler de artık süregelen şiddetin olumsuz etkilerinden yoruldu, çözüm ve barış istiyor.Kemal Burkay
Translation: "The overwhelming majority of the population, Turks and Kurds alike, are weary of the negative consequences of the ongoing violence, and desire solutions and peace."
Kürtler, cenazelerini toprağa verecek. Matem anında bile onlara dönüp "istismar etmeyin" uyarısında bulunma hakkını kendinde görenler var.Ferdan Ergut
@IsinElicin responded to negative perceptions of Kurdish support for the PKK, writing, "When Kurds suffered cruelty and were left alone by us, they turned to PKK that helped keep their heads high".
Hakan albayrak: kurtler zulm gorduklerinde bizim tarafindan yalniz birakildiklari icin,baslarini dik tutmalarini saglayan pkk'yi desteklediisinelicin
The return of the women's bodies follows a week of worldwide protests against their killings.