Somali restaurant owner detained in Ankara, Turkey

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Mohamed Isse Abdullah, a Somali restaurateur living in Ankara, was arrested on Tuesday for deportation while legally residing in Turkey, Turkish media reported.

Abdullah is currently being held in a repatriation center while his lawyers are appealing the deportation decision to the Constitutional Court. According to his lawyers, if he is returned, Abdullah will be prosecuted or even killed in Somalia.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu urged authorities to release Abdullah from detention, stressing that his deportation would put his life in danger.

Police closed Abdullah’s restaurant and knocked down its sign.

Abdullah had been pressured by local police to close his restaurant over the past year. Opposition politicians visited him to show their solidarity and support. Mustafa Yeneroğlu, a Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) MP, posted a photo with Abdullah on Twitter in May and said the pressure he faced from the police was “embarrassing”.

“I have been fighting racism and xenophobia for 25 years,” he said. “I think it is my duty to say that there are police officers at Çankaya police station in Ankara who have sworn to rid the neighborhood of migrants. These police bother restaurant owners and customers by carrying out random raids, shouting at owners and intimidating customers.

Yeneroğlu added that the pressure started after the daily Sözcü target migrant-owned restaurants in Ankara, saying “the center of the capital has become Somalia”.

“Somali businessmen and asylum seekers have turned two streets in Ankara’s central Kızılay district into their own country,” Sözcü said in a tweet sharing his report.

After the report, a mob broke into a Somali restaurant and attacked its employees.

In an earlier Twitter post, Abdullah appealed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for help. However, his Twitter page has since been taken down.

Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, 3.7 million Syrians have been granted temporary protection status and more than 400,000 refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.

However, according to MEP Tineke Strik, Turkey cannot be considered a safe country for migrants and asylum seekers because it is not bound by the refugee convention when it comes to refugees. non-Europeans.

Hate crimes against refugees and migrants, which are responsible for many of Turkey’s social and economic ills, have increased in the country in recent years.

Turkish media, including pro-government and opposition media, fuel and exploit the flames of hatred against people who have fled their country and sought refuge in Turkey.

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