Demirtaş: This attack was carried out by state to our people
ANKARA (DİHA) - HDP Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş said today's bomb attack in Ankara came during a period of debates of an imminent ceasefire. Demirtaş said, "This attack was carried out by state to our people".
Speaking in Ankara in the wake of today's massacre of demonstrators for peace, HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) General Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş said the bomb attack came during a period of debates of an imminent ceasefire. Selahattin Demirtaş, head of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) whose members are among the victims of the Oct. 10 Ankara attack, harshly criticized both government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for poor inspection on recent similar attacks.
'This is an attack by our state against our people'
“We have lost almost 150 of our people before and after the elections,” he said in Ankara, referring to the June 7 elections that failed to produce a one-party or coalition government but brought the HDP to the parliament as a party group as it surpassed the 10 percent election threshold. “There is nobody who has been designated as ‘responsible’ around. There is no effective investigation. There will be none regarding today's attack either. This is not an attack against unity of our state and nation. This is an attack by our state against our people," he said.
Death toll rises to 86
According to official figures, 86 people were killed at the attack at the start of a peace rally in the Turkish capital, as dozens remained in intensive care or surgery.
"Until this day, No perpetrator has been revealed. They are able to arrest somebody just because he tweeted. They are able to arrest somebody just upon an order by the palace," Demirtaş said, in an apparent reference to President Erdoğan.
"From our perspective, this is not a dark and deep attack or an attack which is launched by external forces," he said.
Demirtaş, who likened the Ankara attack to Suruç and Diyarbakır raids, questioned why none of the governmental or bureaucratic authority has so far acknowledged failure and presented their resignation.