Davutoglu calls for calm amid attacks on media, opposition

Turkey’s prime minister orders extra security measures to be taken around government buildings and headquarters of media outlets amid protests leading to attacks on media, opposition headquarters

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for calm and tightened security measures on Tuesday evening following violence from members of groups marching on the streets of Turkey protesting terror attacks carried out by PKK terrorists which killed numerous Turkish soldiers.

The walks protesting the escalating attacks by the PKK which killed 31 Turkish soldiers over the last two days in Turkey's southeast turned violent in several provinces across Turkey.

Protesters attacked numerous People’s Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters by throwing stones and setting them on fire.

Protesters attacked numerous headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) across Turkey, including the general headquarter in Ankara, September 08, 2015.

Meanwhile, the protester allegedly responsible for torching the general headquarter of the HDP building in Ankara was arrested. 

A similar event was seen in Istanbul’s Besiktas district at 8pm local time (1700 GMT) as provocateurs within the group of protesters marched towards Turkey's Sabah newspaper-ATV channel headquarters, where they yelled slogans against the Turkish government and threw stones while trying to force their way in. 

Turkish riot police shield the Sabah newspaper headquarters after provocateurs among the group of protesters attacked the building on September 08, 2015.

Davutoglu, responding to the rising tension on Twitter, stated that "The purpose behind the terror attacks is to end fraternal ties and instil animosity between brothers. Therefore, it is unacceptable for firstly media outlets, government buildings and property of civilians to be damaged."

"Those responsible for terror attacks will be punished within the framework of the law by our security forces and judges,” he added.

Davuotoglu called out to all patriotic citizens, saying, "I invite you all to stay calm, embrace one another and trust the Turkish state."

TRTWorld and agencies