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Turkish balloons rise for freedom in Egypt, Syria and Palestine.

NEVE[currency]EHyR (CyHAN)- Three hot air balloons were flown from Cappadocia, the famous tourist destination in the central Turkish province of NevE-ehir, on Thursday as a call for freedom in Egypt, Syria and Palestine, an event organized by the youth unit of the Human and Civilization Movement (ynsan ve Medeniyet Hareketi), Turkish news agencies reported on Thursday.

Hot air balloons took off from the fairy chimneys known in Turkish as "peri bacalary" on Thursday morning, an act aimed at drawing attention to those living in Egypt and Syria, where civil unrest has been raging for more than two years and thousands of innocent people have lost their lives.

According to news agencies, the event took place at the hot air balloon takeoff area in the town of GE[micro]reme on Thursday morning, and many local and international activists from ystanbul, Kayseri and NevE-ehir provinces were present at the event.

At the event, three hot air balloons were flown carrying posters, each three meters high and 10 meters long, and there was a message written on each poster saying: "Brotherhood requires devotion. Do not forget your brothers in Syria, Egypt and Palestine." The message demanded freedom for oppressed people all over the world but especially those living in the Middle East.

The activist group said that Egypt will eventually triumph and live in peace. The group also made the "Rab sign," which has become the symbol of protests against the military coup in Egypt because of the center of the anti-coup protests, Rab al-Adawiya Square. Made by raising four fingers with the thumb resting on the palm, the sign has come to represent public demonstrations protesting the removal of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, and the ensuing violence that killed hundreds of people. Rab means four or fourth in Arabic.

Speaking to the press, the chairman of the youth unit of the Human and Civilization Movement, Orhan Demirel, stated: "We gathered here today with many local and international activists, and we want to draw attention to Egypt, Syria and Palestine, where many clashes have taken place. Those hot air balloons rise for freedom in Egypt, Syria and Palestine."

Demirel also thanked everyone who participated in the event.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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