Author attacked at Istanbul Book Fair
ISTANBUL - A group of around 10 people attacked political non-fiction author Sabahattin Önkibar at the Istanbul Book Fair on Saturday, injuring several publishing house representatives.
Önkibar, who published a book on opposition National Movement Party leader Devlet Bahçeli and his followers in January this year, said that the attackers were “clearly organised partisans of Bahçeli”.
Önkibar, who writes a column for left-nationalist daily Aydınlık and whose latest book is on Good Party leader Meral Akşener, was unrepentant.
“We are facing a mindset that cannot even tolerate a book,” he said. “This is the point Turkey has come to, but we are not going to bow to it. We will stubbornly struggle against it.”
The incident comes in the wake of a similar attack on liberal theologian İhsan Eliaçık at the Kayseri Book Fair last month.
There was more commotion later in the day, with the arrest of 6 anarchists who were distributing their newspaper at the fair.