Turkish opposition party figure attacked in Istanbul

A founding member of the Turkish nationalist opposition Good Party was attacked by unknown assailants in Istanbul, the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Thursday.

Metin Bozkurt found himself among a group of eight attackers while he was set to leave a car park in the city. He was pushed and punched in the face, video and photos of the incident published by the daily showed. 

A senior member of the rival pro-government Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), from which the Good Party split, applauded the attack.

"Either we will silence them completely, or we will make blood come out of their mouth," Ahmet Yiğit Yıldırım said on Twitter, sharing a list of people he said were traitors for backing the main opposition candidate in the June 23 rerun of the Istanbul mayoral election. 

The Good Party emerged as a splinter faction from the far-right MHP in 2017, and allied with Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Islamist Felicity Party, and the centre-right Democratic Party in elections. The MHP backs President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist party.