** Turkey frees 12 radicals after ‘ugly’ attack on US sailors ** - AFP
Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey on Thursday freed without questioning or charges 12 radical nationalist protesters who attacked three US sailors in the centre of Istanbul in an assault that alarmed the American military.
Several dozen members of Turkiye Genclik Birligi (Turkish Youth Union/TGB) attacked the visiting US sailors on Wednesday afternoon while their vessel the USS Ross was moored in the centre of Istanbul on its way back from exercises in the Black Sea.
They threw red dye and sought to force white sacks as hoods on the sailors in the Eminonu district on the Istanbul waterfront, a popular tourist hub.
One can see, in my opinion, the Sailors did little to defend themselves but run, probably not wanting to create an international incident.
As I said in the other thread, Turkey has probably seen many go through their country to join ISIS. So seeing this happen in Turkey is a bit dubious.
Turkey has a bit of a history of violence against foreigners, 2 fans for the Leeds Football/Soccer team killed in the year 2000?
Historically, though not that bad, there are quite a few incidences with Turkey in international soccer play in recent years, against the Swiss in 2009 I believe and so on.
To be fair, yes, many countries, largely in Europe and South America have had these kinds of incidences. The goal is is to make them very rare in the modern day.