Apr 22 2019

Erdogan tweets after the attack on main opposition leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday issued his first statement about Sunday's assault on the country's main opposition leader. "We would never approve violence. We are against every type of violence and terror," Erdoğan said in a tweet.

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Sunday was jostled, shoved and punched by members of an angry mob at a military funeral in Ankara's Çubuk district. Several ruling party officials condemned the attack, but Erdoğan remained silent for more than 24 hours.

Shortly after the attack, Kılıçdaroğlu escaped with the help of Turkish security forces and was taken to CHP headquarters in Ankara by an armoured vehicle. Kılıçdaroğlu then delivered a speech and stated he would continue to attend military funerals.

In his three tweets, Erdoğan first mentioned the four martyrs killed during a military operation on the Iraqi border before touching on the attack against Kılıçdaroğlu.

"Unfortunately there was an unwanted event that occurred during one of our martyrs' funerals in Cubuk yesterday. Protests against the leader of CHP Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu turned violent.

"All aspects of the event are being investigated. We would never approve violence. We are against every type of violence and terror. We would never permit anyone to damage the peaceful climate of Turkey," Erdoğan said.