Turkish PM :Bomb attacks target Turkish democracy

 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday blasts in Diyarbakir were aimed at overshadowing Sunday's Turkish parliamentary elections.

Turkish PM :Bomb attacks target Turkish democracy

World Bulletin / News Desk

Both the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have reacted angrily to the blasts killed 2 people and injured over 100 in a HDP rally yesterday.

"It is obvious that the blasts aim to overshadow [Sunday's elections]," Erdogan said in a live televised interview at A Haber TV channel. "Democratic expansion, national unity and brotherhood projects and solution process. There are groups who want to overshadow these things."

The blasts took place near the Diyarbakir's Istasyon Square where the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was holding an election rally.

Erdogan also said a special team from Ankara will make investigations at the blast area and "it will be figured out if it was an attack".

"We said earlier, the government and myself, that we are going to look after the solution process," Erdogan said. 

The “solution process” refers to the 2013 initiative of the AK Party government that aims to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the deadly explosions at an election rally of a pro-Kurdish opposition party an "open provocation" as it occurred two days before the country's parliamentary elections.

"Such an attack is nothing but an open provocation less then 48 hours before the election, a provocation targeting our democracy and Turkey's stability," Davutoglu said at an election rally of his Justice and Development (AK) Party in the southern Kilis province Friday evening.

The prime minister highlighted that his ruling party had always displayed a principled stance against violence regardless of the identity of the perpetrators, the place and reason of such attacks.

"We will work day and night to turn [the perpetrators] over to the judicial authorities no matter who they are," he added.

"We will work day and night to turn [the perpetrators] over to the judicial authorities no matter who they are," he added.

He said that he had given the necessary orders to the interior minister and the Diyarbakir governor to investigate the nature of the blast to find out whether it was an accident, adding that they also take into account the possibility of a provocation ahead of elections Sunday. 

"No matter who is behind, what is the reason, and against which party they are staged, we condemn all these assaults as they actually target democracy and the Republic of Turkey itself," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2015, 11:06