Turkish police raid home of main opposition CHP youth leader

Turkish authorities raided the home of a youth leader from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Istanbul on Saturday, Gerçek Gündem news site reported.

Istanbul police arrived at the home of the party’s Youth branch chairman of the Istanbul Avcılar district, Mutlu Yıldırım, hours after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu criticised Yıldırım for his remarks on in high profile case involving the death of a lawyer on a hunger strike.

“Police are conducting a search in the home of our Avcılar youth branch member, who the Interior Ministry of this country targeted (this) morning,” CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu said on Twitter. 

Earlier on Saturday, Soylu shared a tweet from Yıldırım, who called lawyer Ebru Timtik a martyr.  

Timtik died on Thursday night after more than 230 days on hunger strike in protest for a fair trial. She was arrested in 2017 over terrorism charges related to her clients who faced similar charges over membership of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

“Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) and his brave friends, our brave ancestors did not pursue the struggle for independence so that DHKP-C-member terrorist traitors can be labelled as “martyrs”,” Soylu said on Twitter. “Don’t tell us about Victory Day go and tell the youth branches of the CHP.”


Soylu’s remarks are a reference to accusations by the Turkish political opposition that the government is intentionally restricting the country’s Victory Day celebrations on Aug. 30 in an attempt to downplay the significance of the Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

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