POLITICAL TENSION IN TURKEY – A CANDIDATE OF THE OPPOSITION HAS BEEN KNEECAPPED The last in a long series of violent episodes happened during the political campaign

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Once again violence and fear in Turkey, where ahead of the 7 June election, the tension is more and more increasing. Elif Dogan Turkmen, candidate of the main opposing party, the secular CHP, was kneecapped at around 9am this morning by gunshots from a moving car near a restaurant in Adana, southern province of the country. The woman was immediately taken to the hospital of the area and is not in critical condition.

The politician was going to have breakfast with the other candidates when, a few meters from the entrance of the restaurant, she was reached by the bullet. According to the governor Mustafa Buyuk, quoted by the state-run news agency Anadolu, the armed men would have immediately run away vanishing without a trace. The police have begun to investigate into the case, which can be considered as the last in a long series of violent episodes that have been characterizing the months since the beginning of the political campaign.

Just a few days ago, on May 23, Ramazan Demir, candidate of the AKP party, was attacked during a meeting in Aladag district, where he was stabbed in the stomach three times. During the last weeks two parcel bombs exploded in the central office of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party wounding six people.

The current president is less supported at the moment – 40% of consent against 50% registered in 2011 election. Instead, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the Republican People’s Party are achieving more satisfactory results. However, the opposition is still worried about the possibility of vote rigging, remembering what happened during the 2011 election, when the light went out exactly during the scrutiny.

Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo

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