Erdogan accuses CHP Istanbul head of being terrorist

Canan Kaftancioğlu, the Istanbul head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), stated that she will sue Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over his remarks accusing her of being a terrorist, Turkish media reported on Friday. 

Erdoğan accused the CHP Istanbul leader of being "a militant of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C)," which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.

In a press release on Friday afternoon, Kaftancıoğlu asked Erdoğan to bring evidence for his accusation and denied that she has any relation whatsoever with any terrorism or terror groups. Kaftancıoğlu was instrumental during 2019 local elections in which the CHP candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, won the Istanbul mayoral election.

After Friday prayers, Erdoğan responded to questions from reporters about the Boğaziçi University protests, saying that he has no plans to meet with the students, ''why should I meet with students? Students are not in this affair. Terrorists are in this affair. Head of Istanbul (CHP) is there too, who is already a member of DHKP-C."

Hundreds of students from Boğaziçi University began protests on Monday after a presidential decree was used to override an established voting process and appoint Melih Bulu to the role of university rector. Since then both the faculty members and the students have been protesting the new rector and demanding that he resign. 

A number of notable Boğaziçi University staff have resigned to join the protests. So far more than 30 students have been arrested and 20 of them released.