Opposition lawmaker says party members were purposely directed towards attackers
Turkey's main opposition lawmaker said on Sunday that the opposition politicians were deliberately directed towards the aggressors during a military funeral in Ankara where the party's leader was attacked, news website T24 reported.
"There were protests since we arrived," the Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Levent Gök said, "then, we were steered towards those aggressive groups," he added.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was attending the funeral of 26-year-old infantryman Yener Kırıkçı on Sunday alongside the new CHP mayor of Ankara, Mansur Yavaş. The opposition leader was booed by a group of people at the funeral and then attacked afterwards as security personnel led him through the crowds, according to local news.
Minister of defence and other state officers went to the backside and the group of CHP members found themselves in a quarrel, according to Gök.
"We were vulnerable to attack. Punches, kicks. The distance to the chairman became around 200 metres, we couldn't go back to the vehicle also."
"It was a very organised action," he said, "the group was positioned in 3 or 4 different places."
Last year, following the ruling party's weak showing in general election on June 24, the Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu demanded people not to welcome the CHP representatives to the military funerals since he was accusing the party of making an alliance with pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party in the elections, which the government says has links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.