The chief of Turkey’s principal opposition occasion has been attacked by protesters at a army funeral in Ankara.
Republican Individuals’s Occasion (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was set upon by an offended crowd whereas attending a memorial on Sunday.
Footage reveals him being pushed and shoved within the melee, with some within the crowd making an attempt to land blows.
Escorted by safety forces, he took shelter in a close-by home till the gang dispersed.
Mr Kilicdaroglu had attended the funeral to pay respects to a Turkish solider who was killed in clashes with Kurdish PKK militants close to the border with Iraq.
However what began as a protest towards Mr Kilicdaroglu’s presence descended into violence towards him, in line with Anadolu state information company.
The CHP confirmed Mr Kılıçdaroğlu had been attacked nevertheless it was not instantly clear if he had been injured.
Talking to AFP information company, his occasion later mentioned Mr Kilicdaroglu “is ok” whereas his workplace mentioned authorized motion could be taken “towards the culprits of the incident”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP occasion and nationalist politicians have criticised Mr Kilicdaroglu for his connections with pro-Kurdish occasion, HDP.
They’ve accused him of cooperating with the HDP, which the federal government has linked to Kurdish militants. HDP denies any hyperlinks to militants.
Tensions have risen in Turkey for the reason that CHP received Ankara and Istanbul in mayoral elections, delivering a blow to Mr Erdogan’s AKP occasion.
Alleging irregularities with the vote, Mr Erodgan has challenged the slim opposition victory for the CHP’s mayoral candidate for Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu.
A recount by election authorities decided that Mr Imamoglu had received the election by round 13,000 votes, granting him his mandate.
The AKP, which has been criticised for fuelling partisan tensions, had received each election since coming to energy in 2002.
On the marketing campaign path, Mr Erdogan mentioned the municipal votes had been in regards to the “survival” of Turkey and his occasion.