After the attack that made nearly a hundred victims, the government pointed to Sunday morning. At the rally to honor the victims, the demonstrators chanted slogans such as “Erdogan, murderer.”
Several thousand mourners, shouting for many slogans against the Turkish government, have gathered Sunday in the center of Ankara, near the site of the twin bombings, which left more than 95 dead Saturday morning in the capital. Turkey began a three-day national mourning after the double attack, the deadliest ever committed on Turkish soil. The attack was likely carried out by two suicide bombers – the two explosions occurred just seconds apart – at a peace rally bringing together leftist and pro-Kurdish supporters in front of the main train station in the Turkish capital .
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (HDP), pro-Kurdish formation very present at the event on Saturday, accused the police of attacking some members who wanted to drop carnations at the site Sunday morning. Some were injured in the stampede, said the HDP in a statement. “Erdogan assassin”, “police killers,” chanted the crowd up Sihhiye, while riot police equipped with water cannons blocking an artery leading to the Parliament and ministries district.
The government denies any involvement in the attack on Saturday. Among the possible sponsors, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cited the Islamic state (EI), the Kurdish nationalist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and extreme left-wing revolutionary group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). Some point to the potential liability of Turkish nationalists opposed to any agreement with the Kurds.
The early parliamentary elections on November 1 are maintained and safety during election meetings will be strengthened, said Sunday a government official. Turkish investigators were working Sunday to identify the perpetrators and victims. The titles of the press reflected mingled anger and grief. “In mourning for Peace”, a title in the Cumhuriyet daily. Other newspapers express their anger.
“Garbage attacked in Ankara,” wrote the daily Habertürk. “The goal is to divide the nation,” says the Star newspaper, the pro-government. The analysis of the body and fingerprints at the scene can say that a suicide bomber was a man aged 25-30 years, said the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper.
The attack which does has not been claimed, operates parallel to a rise of external threats against Turkey, a NATO member country. The war raged in neighboring Syria and in recent days, the Russian Air Force came to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which resulted in the Russian incursions into Turkish airspace.
Prime Minister services identified on the night 52 of the victims and indicate that autopsies are continuing. They point out that the 246 injured, 48 are still in intensive care. “The necessary work is done to identify those behind the attack and bring them quickly to justice,” said a statement. Sunday morning, relatives of the victims anxiously awaited to hospitals where the injured are being treated. The two explosions occurred just seconds apart. The event, attended notably supporters of the pro-Kurdish formation Peoples Democratic Party (HDP left) was to protest against the death of hundreds of people since the resumption of hostilities between security and PKK forces in the south -is Turkey, predominantly Kurdish region.
Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas HDP accused the government in harsh terms. He said Saturday night that the Ankara bombing was part of the online attacks committed in June against an election rally of his party in Diyarbakir, where two people were killed and a hundred injured, and Suruç near the Syrian border, where a suicide attack attributed to the EI killed 33 people on July 20. Hours after the double attack, the PKK said it had ordered his fighters to cease operations in Turkey except in case of aggression. The autonomist party said it wanted to avoid actions that could prevent the proper conduct of elections on November 1st.