Ankara, June 5, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
The attacks on the pro-Kurdish party (HDP) in Turkey don’t seem to end, just a few days before the parliamentary election on June 7.
Unknown persons opened fire on a minibus of the election campaign of the HDP in the city Bingol in Eastern Turkey, resulting in the death of the bus driver.
Security forces recovered the dead bus driver.
On May 18, six people were injured by two simultaneous bomb attacks in the HDP’s offices in Adana and Mersin
The party president Selahattin Demirtas has denounced the government for “turning a blind eye” in dozens of attacks launched against his party.
In Erzurum, severe episodes broke out when the AKP followers tried to prevent the election rally of the HDP. The episodes ended after the strong intervention of the police. The followers of the ruling party also burned the truck of the Kurds. In this city the ruling party gets more than 65% of the vote.
In May 28, in the city of Sirnak, two people were killed when members of the HDP clashed with Islamist Kurdish members of the organization HÜDAPAR
The HDP is the most critical factor of these elections, and if it manages to pass the 10% threshold and elect representatives to parliament then Recep Tayyip Erdogan will struggle to make constitutional the changes that would increase his power. The Turkish President has election rallies daily in which he accuses the HDP that it has direct relations with the PKK and in this way is trying to attract the votes of nationalists.
The Turkish government was the one that from 2011 through the secret service (MIT) began peace talks with the PKK.
Poll gives 41% to the AKP – HDP in Parliament
The polling company KONDA, which in many elections has made valid forecasts, announced the forecast for the Sunday elections. According to data collected by the company, the ruling AKP will receive 41% of the vote, the CHP 27.8%, the MHP 14.8% and the HDP will easily surpass the election threshold with 12.8%. If these figures are confirmed the AKP will have self-reliance but will not be as strong as in previous years.
In elections the in 2011 the ruling party had received 49.8% of the vote.
Women turn their back at Erdogan
The harsh reaction of Erdogan to the women of the city Igdir in Eastern Turkey, who had turned their backs on him while his vehicle was passing by, has caused a new wave of reactions online.
The Turkish President had said: “let them go protest in Parliament. What’s this? We know what it means when women turn their backs but we can’t say it because of our morality”, causing the reaction of women organizations, who accused him of sexist statements.
On twitter an account was created called #sirtimizidonuyoruz (we turn our backs) and thousands of women have posted photographs of having their backs shot. Latest figures show that within 24 hours 150.000 tweets on the subject have been posted and many famous Turkish women continue to upload photos with their back turned, sending a message to the Turkish President.
Political analysts await with interest the reaction of women in front of the polls.