Jun 05 2018

Turkish opposition party campaigner attacked

A man attacked a woman distributing brochures for Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the latest in a string of attacks on opposition campaigners in the run up to June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Necla Yenidünya, a member of the women's branch of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the central Anatolian city of Kırşehir, was attacked by a man shouting, “PKK supporters cannot come here”, in reference to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Following the attack, Yenidünya went to hospital to obtain a report detailing her injuries and then lodged a complaint with the police, who detained the alleged attacker, the newspaper said.

In early May eight people were injured during an attack on Good Party supporters campaigning in Istanbul. Later in May, a stand set up by the Islamist opposition Felicity Party was attacked in the capital Ankara.