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Mississippi resident with Turkish ties reacts to attacks

Mississippi resident with Turkish ties reacts to attacks

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Following the slayings in Turkey, Fatih Ozcan, the Mississippi Representative of the Dialogue Institute of Mississippi, is speaking out about the violence. 

Ozcan grew up just minutes from where the explosions happened and still has family there. His parents still live in his childhood home.

He said when he first learned about the terror in his home land, he immediately called his parents.

"Everybody was scared. With every bomb our house was shaking. I literally heard all the bombings and the windows were broken," Ozcan said. "They were terrified at the beginning."

Thankfully, Ozcan said that all of his friends and family are safe and unharmed. 

On Friday, millions of people in Turkey heard a broadcast on loud speakers in the streets just minutes before chaos unfolded. The message was clear.

"Up rise, up rise, defend your religion," Ozcan said

Ozcan believes the violence is happening all due to the Turkish President's political agenda to silence the oppositions.

"They are abusing religion to be able to unite people. It's unbelievable," said Ozcan. "I think innocent lives are taken and this is a total murder and to me, it is terrorism."

Ozcan said he will continue to stay in close contact with his family and friends in his homeland - hoping for mercy on the people.

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