Opposition HDP, CHP to face ‘crushing defeat’ as handed to PKK, says Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday accused the country’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of criticising and hindering government services during the pandemic, vowing to “crushingly defeat” both political movements.

The Turkish government will crush the two parties, just as it does with members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the mountains in southeastern Turkey, Erdoğan said.

“We will continue to crushingly defeat at the ballot boxes the political extensions of the PKK, who have no tolerance for the services we provide our nation,” Duvar news site quoted Erdoğan as saying at a ceremony for the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge.

“Unfortunately, this mindset cannot even handle the construction of hospitals to meet the urgent (medical) needs and provide high quality health service. Their vision is narrow enough to call the hospitals (built for the pandemic) in Yeşilköy and Sancaktepe a waste,” Erdoğan said.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu earlier this week called the newly constructed pandemic hospitals in Istanbul “another example of squandering” by Erdoğan’s ruling party. 

Erdoğan also spoke on a PKK terror attack in southeastern Turkey on Thursday that targeted aid workers delivering supplies to a neighbourhood quarantined by Covid-19 pandemic measures.

The HDP was involved in the attack, the Turkish president said.

The PKK is an armed group that has been at war for Kurdish self rule in Turkey for over three decades.

Erdoğan also accused the CHP of being behind a physical attack earlier this week on a group distributing aid to families in need in the central province of Adana.

“The methods are different, but the mindset and the goal are the same,’’ he said, referring to the CHP and the HDP. “The political alliance by these two dirty structures is being carried to a different level for some time.’’ 


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