Top government officials including Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu all condemned an attack on the offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Adana and Mersin on Monday, and promised those responsible will be punished.
In response to the attack, Davutoglu said, “Speaking as the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Prime Minister of Turkey, whoever spreads violence during election campaigns or calls for violence the AK Party will be against it. We have always stood firm against such attacks and brought those responsible to justice."
Calling on citizens to remain peaceful in the face of provocations as the June 7 general elections draw near, Davutoglu said, “some people may undertake provocative actions to spoil the elections, which we have considered and are concerned about.”
Davutoglu urged all political parties to adopt a stance based on principle, reminding that AK Party offices and its deputy candidates have also endured attacks during this time.
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also condemned the attack and noted an attack on any political party is considered an attack on all political parties.
However, he criticised comments accusing Turkey’s president and prime minister of being responsible for the attacks and asked those making claims to at least wait for evidence to be produced in the investigation.
Turkey’s Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Isık and Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz ministers paid a visit to HDP office in Diyarbakir following the incident.
The HDP announced that 60 assaults have targeted their properties and volunteers as the June 7 elections near.
Speaker of the Parliament Cemil Cicek also released a written statement condemning the attack, and drew attention to increasing attacks on the offices of political parties and their staff.
“I believe those responsible for carrying out such provocative attacks that are aimed at escalating the political tensions and damage social peace will be brought to justice as soon as possible,” he said.