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"We say to the Turkish people: we are with you, just like you supported us"

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 01:24

June 18 - Syrians demonstrate in solidarity with Turkish protesters, after Damascus calls on Erdogan to halt what it calls his violent repression. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Outcry in Damascus as a group of Syrians show solidarity with Turkish protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN PROTESTERS, FATIMA DARDARI, SAYING: "We say to the Turkish people: we are with you, just like you supported us." They show support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with some holding a sign that says Turkish President Tayyip "Erdogan is going and Assad will stay." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TURKISH RESIDENT OF SYRIA, ISMAIL NERJES, SAYING: "We want to tell him (Erdogan): it's enough. There is dignity in retreating from a mistake. We don't want more blood to be shed." Turkish protesters have taken their discontent to the streets. Syria's Foreign Ministry is advising Syrians "against travel to Turkey for the time being for their own safety." Turkey is hosting hundreds of thousands refugees who have fled Syria's bloodshed. It has also been a base for Assad's foes, as well as a transit point for weapon supplies flowing into northern Syria. On Saturday Syria called on Erdogan to halt what it called his violent repression of protests or step aside - a direct echo of the appeals to Assad in the early days of Syria's uprising.

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"We say to the Turkish people: we are with you, just like you supported us"

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 01:24