Turks, Kurds clash outside Turkish Embassy as voting kicks off

Kyodo, AFP-JIJI, Staff Report

At least nine people were injured Sunday morning after major clashes in front of the Turkish Embassy where votes are being cast in that country’s general election.

The Metropolitan Police Department said the confrontations occurred between Turkish people and ethnic Kurds who had gathered at the embassy, in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, ahead of the Nov. 1 poll.

More than 600 Turkish nationals, including the country’s ethnic minorities, were at the embassy, police said.

Voting for Turkish nationals living in Japan started at 9 a.m. at the embassy.

The scuffling started at around 6:50 a.m. and continued on and off until around 11 a.m., with the MPD mobilizing an anti-riot squad to the scene.

Footage showed police forcibly interrupting a scuffle between Turks and Kurds in front of the embassy.

The exact cause of the skirmish is under investigation, the police said. They said two MPD members sustained light injuries in the head.

“I was attacked by Turks all of a sudden while I was in a car with my friends,” a Kurdish man whose shirt had been torn off told broadcaster TBS in front of the embassy, which was heavily guarded by police.

It is understood no Japanese were among the injured.

NHK quoted a Kurdish man who saw the clashes as saying about 10 young men including Turks and Kurds were already fighting each other in a parking lot at around 6 a.m. NHK also quoted a Turkish man who witnessed the fight around the same time as saying Kurds escalated the fight by shouting profanities at the Turks.

An embassy employee told Kyodo News he had “no idea why this happened.”

Other pieces of information suggest that the scuffle was started by some people who waved flags of various extremist organizations in Turkey.

A 62-year-old Japanese man living in the neighborhood said he saw a large crowd in front of the embassy at 7 a.m., with many people shouting and excited.

A toy store near the embassy was temporarily closed due to safety concerns for children.

Some 3,600 Turkish nationals are currently resident in Japan, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The election comes at a time of escalating violence in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast despite a 2013 cease-fire, for now killing off hopes of ending a three-decade insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the poll after his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its governing majority for the first time in June 7 elections, forcing it into coalition talks that ended in failure.

The AKP won three decisive general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 but was stripped of its overall majority this year after losing support to a pro-Kurdish party.

The result wrecked Erdogan’s dreams of creating a powerful US-style presidency with full executive powers.

  • gast

    Turks are the real terrorists. They try to hurt kurds everywhere.

    • Can Şentürk

      LOL everyone knows Kurds are the real terrorists they even stoned the Swedish police so you can shove your stupid opinion up your arse ignorant kid.

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      • gast

        Everyone? Every brainwashed turk maybe

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      you obviously didnt know what was happen and what happening on world and on there my japanese friend have told me they try to do pkk terrorism propaganda and turks didnt allow that so there was fighting japan is another country who hate pkk i saying pkk because kurds not on it they re full of terrorists though they re the terrorists turks are not

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      you obviously didnt know what was happen and what happening on world and on there my japanese friend have told me they try to do pkk terrorism propaganda and turks didnt allow that so there was fighting japan is another country who hate pkk i saying pkk because kurds not on it they re full of terrorists though they re the terrorists turks are not

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      you obviously didnt know what was happen and what happening on world and on there my japanese friend have told me they try to do pkk terrorism propaganda and turks didnt allow that so there was fighting japan is another country who hate pkk i saying pkk because kurds not on it they re full of terrorists though they re the terrorists turks are not

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      you obviously didnt know what was happen and what happening on world and on there my japanese friend have told me they try to do pkk terrorism propaganda and turks didnt allow that so there was fighting japan is another country who hate pkk i saying pkk because kurds not on it they re full of terrorists though they re the terrorists turks are not

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      you obviously didnt know what was happen and what happening on world and on there my japanese friend have told me they try to do pkk terrorism propaganda and turks didnt allow that so there was fighting japan is another country who hate pkk i saying pkk because kurds not on it they re full of terrorists though they re the terrorists turks are not

  • Nihondaisuki

    I don`t care where they were from, people from any country behaving like this should be brought to the nearest airport immediately.

    • Hanamanganda

      Agreed. Japan might be the only country left in the world that has the will to do this. Do it now, and make an example.

  • Wolf-Totem

    I live in Belgium and i can say kurdish extremist did the same in Bruxelles, It was a couple of days day after the bomb explosion in Ankara, a crowd come near the turkish ambassy and assaulted the people in line who was waiting to vote.
    I think Turkish state must retire the nationality of this people, if they dislike turkish and all of their cultures what’s the point of them being turkish on a paper ?

  • Man Against Time

    In the words of a certain man running for President of the United States: “They have to go.”

    In case anyone hasn’t noticed, this kind of thing happens when ever two or more people from the middle east immigrate to any country outside of the middle east. Just look at Europe.

    Japan would do well to keep it’s current immigration policy in place; perhaps even make it more stringent.

    • Faramith Grey

      It has nothing to do with Middle-east, Turkey is not a Middle Eastern country.Also the topic is really something different.
      Another Western Ignorant.
      Did i surprise ? Nay.

  • feltip

    This is again a warning to Japan given by the trouble makers. Do not delay throwing these trouble makers from the soil of Japan. If you let them live in Japan, they will make the life of millions of Japanese miserable. So, just deport …dont delay

  • feltip

    Turk or Kurd….throw them out!

  • Hanamanganda

    This is what Islam brings to any place where it goes – ethnic and religious conflict. This is why Japan must not get involved with the refugee mess, and maintain their policies of extremely restrictive immigration.

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

    • Gökhan Gürkan

      u idiot dont know anything about Islam certainly there is islam on japan since 1700 nothing happened because japanese people are perfect hearted turks there is islam try to the discredit by bloody west
      Islam is one of the perfect religion in japan just like turkey

  • Robert T. Griffin

    Starting at the top of the pay scale doesn’t exactly leave much room to fall… Trouble seems to be brewing in paradise as the $15.00 an hour minimum wage rate comes to Seattle’s business district. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water the truth of the matter has been spotted lining-up in the unemployment lines, in the food stamp line, with housing vouchers, educational free lunch requests. The Federal Government’s assistance program freebees are under assault with this latest pay scale hike going into effect across the country, who pays for these people dropping out of the employment market and then enrolling in government subsidy programs where they are free to roam the streets and do nothing that holds them accountable for the benefits they are receiving? Let’s increase these subsidies benefits as well so we can all just sit around and drool on ourselves and make lite of having nothing worth doing but increasing the welfare rolls by increasing children born out of wedlock to these very people enjoying a poor man’s brunch.

    Kurds are the only real permanent feature about which America can hang its hat on with any kind of real confidence. The Kurdish people have skin in this game to defeat terrorism, they are not bashful about letting the enemy know it either. They are willing to stand their ground to the last man or woman. America through constant prodding from others has got the message, it’s in their best interest to have these people directly involved in it’s game plan in fighting Isis and Al-Qaida forces. I’ve said it in the beginning and I’m saying it again, the Kurds are the best fighting unit on the ground in Iraq and Syria, we stood never waiver with them in our support as we’ve done so many times before with our own Veterans after they returned home upright! We need to change this idea that we are a throw-away society when the usefulness of our people, our neighbors are looked down upon after the dust has settled, when hostilities have been given the boot by our military professionals and their coalition friends. World leaders seem to agree that peace comes through negotiations, through understanding, genocide is not an option as Isis seems to think. Make no mistake about it President Obama you need to assist these battle hardened members fighting in the trenches with heavy weaponry. I can think of only one reason or situation that you have not approved such ordinance for these frontline troops, do not make that same mistake as others have in the past in recognizing a true investment opportunity that we can all be proud to have made diplomatically, militarily, as well as personally… Don’t get this wrong Mr. President.

  • ‘Erdem Luca’ Brasi

    Why there are kurds in a Turkish voting? Kurds are from Iran and Iraq, they have nothing to do with Turks.

    • Buck

      Wow, so ignorant …You do realize a large segment of the Kurdish people live in Turkey.

      • ‘Erdem Luca’ Brasi

        they are refugees from the Iraqi and Syria wars. kurds are an iranian dialect tribe, as much Turks as chinese or russian..

      • tapas samanta

        Actually Turks are refugees from Mongolia

      • Buck

        Troll? …

      • Buck

        I have no idea what you are trying to say…

  • ‘Erdem Luca’ Brasi

    Why there are kurds in a Turkish voting? Kurds are from Iran and Iraq, they have nothing to do with Turks.

  • Rdm Frt

    Yes, please throw first alle White People from south africa, america, and australia, the real Trouble makers in this world…then we can talk about 6000 turks or kurds in Japan…

    • Doug

      we throwing the whites out of canada and new zeland as well? so what you are saying is africa for the blacks. asia for the yellows. europe for the whites. and the americas for the browns. that what your saying or are you saying free travel to anywhere for all but whites and they are to be restricted to europe? i truly f u cking hate people like you.

  • Steve Jackman

    Take it inside, guys. You’re giving all gaijin a bad name.

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever

  • Gökhan Gürkan

    kurds should ve kick out of Great Japan they re only waste and damage country and same things they re saying there are only 2000 kurds on japan so it wont be so hard to fire them mark my words kurds will be trouble for japan if they didnt do something they re all only dogs of europeans and americans same happened in turkey we are all know what was happened in past they cry to europe or kissing united state’s ass turkey and japan need improve releations because japanese peoples are another turkic race we have to take care of each other forever