Imminent turmoil looms in Turkey amidst Erdogan’s quelling of protests and supporting terrorism

Ankara, SANA – Turkish security sources said that an explosion occurred in front of the ruling Justice and Development Party HQ Wednesday night in Liwa Iskenderun two days after a deadly terrorist bombing in Suruc southern town.

At least 30 people were killed and dozens were injured in a terrorist bombing that targeted a gathering of youths in the town of Suruc at the southern province of Sanliurfa on Monday.
SANA’s reporter in Ankara said that the explosion was the result of a terrorist attack by a suicide bomber, and that it targeted a gathering of around 300 youths from the Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) who came from across Turkey and gathered at the Amara Cultural Center in Suruc to express solidarity with Ain al-Arab city.

BBC News website said that the explosion took place in a trash container but no casualties were reported.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish security forces defused an explosive that was planted near the main HQ of Justice and Development Party HQ in the Capital Ankara.

Monday’s suicide bombing which killed more than 30 and wounded 100people shows the increasing degree to which the political agenda in Turkey is dictated by its involvement in the crisis in Syria.

Turkish media outlets said that two Turkish police officers were killed in an attack in the south-eastern part of the city of Sanliurfa.

The latest security events of the country ruled by Erdogan’s Party, which blatantly supports and fosters ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, the affiliate of al-Qaeda, raise fears of a spillover of conflict into Turkey.

In this framework, Turkish authorities blocked access to Twitter in the country in a bid to hide harsh criticism directed to Erdogan’s regime and calls for staging demonstrations against it.

Protests erupted in a dozen neighborhoods in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Diyarbakir and other Turkish provinces and cities on Monday evening in condemnation of terrorist bombing in Suruc town and of the policies adopted by Erdogan and his ruling justice and Development Party “AKP” which supports terrorist organizations including ISIS in Syria.

Turkey has blocked access to Twitter and other social media sites on several occasions in the past, and has tightened its control over domestic media outlets, as well.

In 2014, Turkey submitted 477 takedown requests to Twitter, according to the company’s latest transparency report, a 156 percent increase over the previous year.

In the same context, the prominent Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel was dismissed from Turkish Milliyet Daily Wednesday after his critical tweet against the government on Suruç terrorist attack.

Gürsel tweeted “It’s a shame that many world leaders call the foremost reason of ISIS terror (referring to Erdogan) to offer condolences.”

He added that ISIS terror is an outcome of the open-door-to-Jihadists policy adopted by AKP, clarifying that this terrorism is now serving its supporters inside the country as well.

Co-leader of the Turkish Peoples’ Democratic Party “HDP” Selahattin Demirtas warned that Turkey seems nearing hard times with the possibility that new “terrorist attacks would occur due to the weak security and intelligence systems.”

Upon his visit to Suruc, Demirtas said that the suicide bombing will not be the first or last of its kind, urging citizens to take suitable measures according to their residing places due to the presence of sides inside the state which support ISIS.

On Tuesday, Figen Yuksekdag, HDP co-leader held the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan responsible for the terrorist explosion that rocked the southern Turkish town of Suruc.

In statement following a tour in the bombing site, Yuksekdag said “Nobody can move between Sanliurfa and Suruc without Turkish intelligence and security apparatus knowledge, therefore Erdogan’s regime is responsible for this terrorist explosion.”

Alsom Wednesday, two Turkish police officers were killed in an attack in southeastern town of “Ceylanpinar” in “Sanliurfa” province.

Turkish media qouted Governor of Sanliurfa, Ez- Zeddin Kucuk as saying “We don’t yet know if there is a terrorist link”.

The attack comes two days after a suicide bombing ripped through the nearby town of Suruc, killing more than 30 persons and wounding more than 100 people, while Turkish opposition parties held Erdogan’s regime responsible for the explosion due to his wrong policies towards Syria and supporting terrorism in it particularly ISIS terrorist organization.

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