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February 16, 2015

Turks Boiling With Rage Over Vicious Murder of Female Student; Many Blame the Islamist Regime in Power

How many grotesque murders before we stop making excuses?

For many Turks, this is one crime too many. The death of Ozgecan Aslan, a twenty-year-old female student raped, murdered, then burned, has unleashed in Turkey a wave of anger which has turned into a [lawsuit] against the conservative islamist regime accused of encouraging it.

Since the discovery of the body of the victim Friday near Mersin (south), some thousands of people, women and men alike, have taken to the streets of the big cities of Turkey for expressing their anger and more importantly denouncing the increase in their country of violence against women.

Monday, a thousand protesters marched on Mersin and 3000 lawyers who denounced a controversial legislative initiative increasing the powers of the police paid their respects to the student in Ankara by displaying her photos.

Feminist groups called for Turks to show their grief and the social networks overlowed with rebellious messages encouraging victims to break their silence under the hashtag "sendenlat" (you also tell your tale, in Turkish).

"This cannot continue. The attacks against and murder of women are becoming commonplace in Turkey," said an architect in Ankara...

Reported missing since February 11, Ozgecan Aslan was found dead two days later by a river near the city of her birth, Tarsus (south). According to reports in the local press, the young woman had been raped then killed by pummeling by an iron bar by the driver of a minibus who had driven her from her college to her home.

Assisted by two accomplices, of which one was his own father, the accused rapist, Ahmet Suphi Atinkdoken, had then cut off the hands of the victim and set fire to the body for destroying all traces of DNA.

Quickly identified, the three suspects were arrested by the police and have confessed....

Since the burial of the student Friday, the angry protests have taken a turn to the political.

The leader of the opposition party attributed the spike in violence against women to the religious "morals" and "mentality" of the Party of Justice and Development (AKP), which has ruled exclusively over the country since 2002.

"The AKP came into power by arguing that the morality had suffered terrible blows, but the democracy and the morals have been bleeding this past decade," argued Kemal Killcdaroglu on Sunday, president of the Popular Republican Party (CHP, social-democratic).

The president Recep Tayyip Erdogan routinely launches into polemics against women. Recently, he had even offered his opinion that the equality of women to men was "against nature."

Meanwhile, Egypt has conducted bombing runs into Libya, attacking IS outposts as retribution against that terrorist cancer for beheading 21 Coptic Christians over the weekend.

Cairo carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya on Monday after the jihadists posted a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians.

Egypt said a "tough intervention" was needed and with France called on the UN Security Council to "take new measures" against the jihadists in neighbouring Libya.

With the air strikes, Egypt opened a new front against the jihadists. Cairo is already battling militants in the Sinai Peninsula, where scores of troops have been killed since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who overthrew Morsi and has been criticised for a deadly crackdown on dissent, has presented Egypt as a key partner in international efforts against the jihadists.

Monday's early morning air strikes hit IS camps and stores of weapons, the military said, hours after jihadists released gruesome footage of the beheadings that provoked outrage in Egypt.

Despite the left's repulsive cowardly exertions on behalf of the sadistic terrorist murderers, it remains true, as it always has, that you can't spell "religious maniac" without "maniac," and that there's no teaching some people except with a rope and a trapdoor.

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