9 Detained in Turkish Opposition Leader's Assault

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 - 05:45
Asharq Al-Awsat

Turkey has arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AK Party, in the assault of an opposition party leader, who was hit during a soldier's funeral, the interior minister said on Monday.

Several protesters threw punches at Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu at the funeral outside Ankara on Sunday. Kilicdaroglu was not injured.

The soldier was killed in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.

The incident took place after the CHP defeated President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party in March 31 mayoral elections in the capital Ankara and Turkey's largest city Istanbul, in painful losses for the ruling party.

During campaigning, Erdogan often accused the CHP and Kilicdaroglu of links to terrorism because it had election deals in some constituencies with the pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP, which Erdogan said has ties to the PKK.

The HDP denies links to the PKK.

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