Daily Sabah: CHP chair attacked during funeral of soldier martyred while fighting PKK terrorists21 April 2019 | 16:50 | FOCUS News Agency
The attack took place in Turkey's capital Ankara when the group of men started protesting Kılıçdaroğlu and punched and kicked him for his alleged secretive alliance with the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) during the local elections.
They were attending the funeral of Infantryman Yener Kırıkçı in Çubuk district.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) officials condemned the attack and wished a speedy recovery for Kılıçdaroğlu.
"We condemn all types of violence," party spokesman Ömer Çelik said, adding that the perpetrators will be found and held accountable for their crime.
Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül also condemned the attack, saying that they will not allow violence to cast a shadow on politics.
Security forces escorted the chairman to a nearby house, where Kılıçdaroğlu remains inside.
The CHP has long been criticized for its alliance with the pro-PKK HDP. The CHP has refrained from officially including the HDP, which has been condemned for its close ties with the PKK, in its electoral alliance with the İP amid fears of a possible backlash from its secular-nationalist voter base.
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