More than 100 people injured and two died in two blasts occurred during the election rally of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in southeastern Diyarbakir province on Friday, Turkish Minister of Agriculture Mehdi Eker, deputy of Sanliurfa province, one of the major cities in the southeastern region.
‘’This is an attack against democracy, I strongly condemn the attack,’’ said the minister Eker.
The injured were immediately taken to nearby hospitals.
According to local sources, the blasts occurred near a power grid in the city’s Istasyon Square during the rally.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said in Kayseri province ‘’We have sent personnel from Dicle Electricity and Turkish Electricity Transmission Company to the blast site. After examination, it was notified clearly to me that the power grid did not cause the explosion.’’
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu took immediate notice of the incident and ordered authorities to investigate the reason of the blasts and urged the people to not succumb to any provocation attempt.
‘’As the prime minister, I always condemn any attack against the opposition parties just as I react harshly to the one against the AK Party,’’ he said.
After the blast, some groups attacked police forces pelting stones on them. Police forces responded the group with water cannons and tear gas.
A police vehicle was fired during the clashes while many others got damaged.
The office of Diyarbakir deputy from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Oya Eronat, was exposed to a pelting attack. The party members were stuck in the damaged office for a while.
The governor set a crisis desk because of the incidents.
The blast came just two days before the general elections will be held in June 7.
Meanwhile, on May 29, two members of conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) were killed in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak allegedly by a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member, and six were injured.
The HDP is taking part in general elections for the first time under its own banner, seeking to pass the 10 percent election threshold that will allow it to gain seats in the parliament.
Approximately 56 million Turkish citizens are eligible to vote in Turkey’s June 7 general election to choose 550 lawmakers.