Clashes have broken out between police and demonstrators, who gathered in the Turkish city of Istanbul in support of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
The confrontations came after about 1,000 CHP supporters attempted to march on the headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Thursday. Some of those attending the event also threw eggs at police.
However, the Turkish policemen fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters and blocked their way to the AKP headquarters.
Several people were also reported to be bending over in agony after being hit by the rubber bullets.
The demonstrators denounced death threats against Kilicdaroglu, who faced a protest, with a live bullet being thrown at him, during the funeral of the victims of Tuesday’s car bombing in Istanbul. A group of Kilicdaroglu critics torn up a wreath he had laid for the victims.
The Istanbul incident, which was blamed on Kurdish militants, killed 11 people, including six police officers and five civilians.
The attack against the CHP leader “was a black mark in the history of Turkish politics,” party spokeswoman Selin Sayek Boke said, adding the AKP had “drowned Turkey in blood” during its 14 years in power.
Threats against Kilicdaroglu came one day after he said on a live TV interview that he visited the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in prison.
The CHP chief has repeatedly been accused of failing to give enough support to the Turkish government’s crackdown on the militant group.
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