In Turkey, a mass demonstration was held in Istanbul on thursday (5 October), at the funeral of the three people killed in the latest round of political assassinations.
In Turkey, a mass demonstration was held in Istanbul on thursday (5 October), at the funeral of the three people killed in the latest round of political assassinations. More than three hundred have died in terrorist attacks since the beginning of the year. On Wednesday (4 October), a high-ranking member of the extreme right-wing National Movement Party (NMP), Mr. Recep Hasatli, was gunned down with his 17-year-old son, Mustafa, outside his home. The same day, another NMP official, Mr. Husnu Teke, was killed when gunmen burst into the post office where he worked, and riddled him with bullets.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of mourners, many carrying portraits of the murdered men, followed the coffins from Istanbul mortuary to the Beyazit Mosque. To check further violence, schools, colleges and the University were closed for the week. Although political terrorism has spread widely through Turkish life, most attacks have been aimed at students and teachers. Clashes between right and left-wing factions in Turkey have traditionally centred in colleges, and the authorities were anxious to avoid any violent clashed at the funeral.
Many leading right-wing politicians attended the service outside the mosque. Among them, the NMP Chairman, Mr. Alparslan Turkeys. A former deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Turkes has been closely involved in recent political battles. Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit recently said that most of those involved in political violence belonged to Mr. Turkes' party. Before the funeral, Mr. Turkes accused the government of complicity in what he called anarchy, and called for martial law to restore order.
A Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group later claimed it and down the shootings. Police set up road blocks and carried out widespread searches for the gunmen throughout Istanbul. Witnesses of the deaths of Mr. Hasatli and his son claim the attackers shouted "We will kill two fascists for every revolutionary" before fleeing. Despite Prime Minister Ecevit's efforts, his ten-month-old social-Democrat administration has failed to combat the wave of political violence.