Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy candidate, Nazım Mavis, and other party members were attacked by a gunman during the party’s election rally in Sinop.
The incident occurred in front of a shopping store located at a public housing site where local party organisation held a people’s meeting. An unidentified gunman shot into the air, and demanded the crowd disperse as Mavis was giving a speech to party hopefuls.
The gunman said, “take your hands off of the country” according to Turkish media reports.
Following the gunshots the gunman left the scene, and people were in panic. People were furious with the police that for the assailant being able to walk away after the incident. It was reported that no one was injured.
Sinop, a northern Turkish city, is represented by two deputies, ones from the AK Party and another from the CHP, at the Turkish parliament. In the 2004 local elections, the AK Party lost its mayoral seat to the CHP, the main opposition party in Turkey.
In the city of Erzincan, following an election rally held by the president of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) - Selahattin Demirtas - there were clashes between HDP supporters and anti-HDP groups. The crowds were scattered after the police intervention.
Erzincan is located in eastern Turkey from where the HDP receives most of its votes, but conservative and nationalist movements have a strong base in the city.
The HDP has decided to hold meetings across Turkey to accumulate enough support to pass the 10 percent electoral threshold.