Attacks on main opposition CHP will increase, but party will not ‘back down,’ says chairman

Duvar English

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed the physical attack on CHP MP Özgür Özel in the parliament, saying that the party “will not back down” to keep the democracy alive despite the increasing oppression on it.

“Attacks and oppression on the CHP will increase, but they should also know this. Whichever oppression the CHP is exposed to, it will not back down. This does not exist in its nature or history. We will continue with determination on the path which we believe in. Our struggle with regards to democracy is a struggle that is really to be praised,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

Kılıçdaroğlu made the comments on June 10 during a videoconference meeting held with CHP deputies.

The chairman’s comments came after a deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the coalition partner of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), threw a punch at CHP group deputy chair Özel at the parliament on June 9.

The incident occurred shortly after the CHP protested the removal of the parliamentary status of Enis Berberoğlu by deliberately slowing down a voting process at the parliament.

Upon this protest, the AKP tried to block CHP deputies from holding a speech, which led to an argument and consequently a brief recess at the parliament. It was at this point that MHP deputy Olcay Kılavuz attempted to punch Özel from behind. 

Kılıçdaroğlu said that the incident was a result of the government and its ally MHP not being able to take criticism in a healthy way and instead utilizing brute force to subjugate others.

“We have been told that the parliament will open today with an apology. We have entered a period in which [the rulership] is unable to tolerate criticism, cannot digest democracy, is incapable to express its thoughts in the face of criticism and is trying to silence its opponent by using brute force. This is sad but truth,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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