Three injured in the bomb attacks against the Kurdish party

Three injured in the bomb attacks against the Kurdish party

Ankara, May 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

The Turkish government condemns the attacks

The AKP does not want the Kurds to be represented in Parliament

Fears for provocations

By Manolis Kostidis

Deep concern cause the bomb attacks on the offices of the pro-Kurdish Party of Turkey HDP, in light of the parliamentary elections on June 7.

On Monday morning two simultaneous explosions in HDP of offices in the city Adana and Mersin city caused panic. Reportedly, three party members, among them the former president of HDP in Mersin were injured and had to be transported to hospitals.

According to the Turkish police in Adana the explosion was caused by an explosive device that had been sent by mail, while in Mersin the explosive device was sent with flowers!

The chairman of the HDP Selahattin Demirtaş yesterday had made an election rally in Adana and today he is expected to make rally in Mersin.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Turkish government Yalçın Akdoğan condemned the attack and said that “those who are trying to provoke the elections will not succeed”.

In a written statement, the pro-Kurdish HDP laid the political blame for the bombings to the Turkish government and to Turkish President Erdogan. “As the election date is drawing to  a close, the attacks against us increase. To date, we have had 60 attacks on our headquarters, local organizations, in cars and our members… The government uses dark forces to prevent the development of our party. The political responsibility of these attacks belongs to President Erdogan, the Prime Minister and the members of the AKP government. Their strategy in every one of their speeches of targeting our president, our party members, our MP candidates, now yielded its results in Adana and Mersin.

HDP is considered the most critical election factor in Turkey. If you manage to overcome the electoral threshold of 10% that applies in Turkey will “steal” seats from the first party, which according to the polls will be the AKP. In such a scenario, the president of the country Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will not be able to make the required changes to the Constitution (will not have a 2/3 majority) to gather all the executive powers he desires.

That is why in recent weeks both Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu in all of their election speeches have targeted the HDP and accuse it as a party of terrorism (because of its relations with PKK). Their aim is for the HDP to stay outside the Parliament.

Davutoğlu in his election speech stated that “the HDP has a working relationship with Gülen’s movement”. Turkey has described this movement as a terrorist organization.

Last week Akdoğan had said that “it would be wonderful if the HDP stayed out of Parliament”.

Political observers fear that such bombings or similar events run the risk of violent reactions on the part of the Kurds and remember the uprising of Kurds in 2014 when Erdogan had stated that “in a few hours Kompania falls”, meaning that it would be taken by the Islamic State.

This had caused serious incidents in southeast Turkey at the time, resulting in 50 persons losing their lives.

Any sort of violence may invoke the national feeling of the Turks, who as a result may opt to vote for any of the AKP (pro-Islamic), CHP (Kemalist) the MHP (nationalists), but not the pro-Kurdish HDP, which for the first time in its history will also claim the votes of the Turks, not only of the Kurds of southeast Turkey.