Turkey reels from twin blasts at Ankara peace demo

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Series Details 10.10.15
Publication Date 10/10/2015
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged unity after two blasts in Turkey's capital on the 10 October 2015 killed approximately 100 leftist and Kurdish activists and injured nearly 500 taking part in a march to protest at the conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country.

In the run-up to the second general election in Turkey during 2015 taking place in November there had been a general increase of violence and civil disturbance in the country.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) claimed the state was to blame.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack was an act of terrorism and was 'loathsome'. The attack was the deadliest single act of terrorism to have occurred on Turkish soil.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutogl suggested on the 11 October 2015 that Kurdish rebels or the Islamic State (IS) group were to blame.

The EU said 'Turkish people and all political forces must stand united against terrorists and against all those who try to destabilise a country that is facing many threats'.

Natalie Martin, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Nottingham Trent University, wrote on the 12 October 2015 in The Conversation as to which group or interest might be responsible for the bombing 'It could be the Marxists, Islamists or Islamic State itself. It could be the Kemalist nationalists or the more rabid Grey Wolves pan-Turkic nationalist group. It could even be the Turkish security services.

It is symptomatic of the polarisation and volatility of Turkish politics that most of these options are plausible'.

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