Turkish opposition party boycotts July 15 coup ceremony at parliament

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said on Tuesday that it would not attend a ceremony marking the fourth anniversary of the failed military coup attempt, Diken news website reported.

The CHP said a ceremony in which the survivors of the July 15 failed coup attempt are not invited and an obligatory COVID-19 test for the lawmakers was not acceptable.

"As the CHP group, we will not participate in a ceremony, where July 15 veterans are not invited, lawmakers who do not take COVID-19 test will not be allowed, and that will be held only at the Turkish parliament's garden," the party's group deputy chairman Engin Altay said in a statement.

Altay also said that survivors of the coup attempt had not received donations collected for them by the ruling Justice and Development Party.

"We consider a ceremony that excludes veterans as an insult to our 2,196 veterans," he said.