One person was killed, and at least 10 others were injured when rival political factions clashed in the small Turkish town of Demirci, 100 miles (160 kilometres) north east of Izmir on Saturday (27 May).
One person was killed, and at least 10 others were injured when rival political factions clashed in the small Turkish town of Demirci, 100 miles (160 kilometres) north east of Izmir on Saturday (27 May). Reports from the town said that leftist students clashed with a group of rightists, who later marched through the streets damaging property and setting fire to the local headquarters of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's Republican People's Party (RPP). A leftist student died in hospital from stab wounds received in the fracas, and about 80 people were detained after the incident. On Friday (26 May), in the north-east city of Erzurum, National Action Party leader, Alparslan Turkes, called for the removal of the Ecevit government.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Turkes was in Erzurum for a meeting of his National Action Party, the NAP, that represents the extreme right in Turkish politics.
The meeting was held in the city square, after Mr. Turkes had prayed the 'Friday Prayer' in the local mosque.
The National Action Party, which was founded in 1969, is fiercely anti-Communist and nationalistic. Its younger supporters, especially those in the universities, are known as the 'Grey Wolves'. They are a well-organised and disciplined body, and vehemently opposed to the policies of Mr. Ecevit's left-of-centre administration, which returned to power in January.
Mr. Turkes, deputy prime minister in the so-called 'Nationalist Front' administration of Justice Party leader suleyman Demirel, told his supporters that the time had come to 'get rid of Ecevit's government and its misdeeds'.
And he added, 'We join here today to protest as a nation against the oppressions, and purges, tortures and injustices of Ecevit's government'. The meeting, he said, was for 'national unity and solidarity against Communism and separators'.