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Agos - Turkey | Friday, June 5, 2015

AKP attacks prompted by fear of election fiasco

This week saw three attacks against the pro-Kurdish left-wing HDP in which one person was killed and at least two others injured. Erdoğan accused the "Armenian lobby", homosexuals and the Doğan media group of inciting the masses on Wednesday. The numerous attacks by Erdoğan and the ruling AKP against Kurds and Armenians in particular testify to his fear of losing votes in Sunday's election, the weekly of the Armenian authority Agos concludes: "The AKP is used to ruling alone as a strong party and the mere possibility that it could lose that supremacy is causing it to resort to pretty crude, racist and discriminatory language. It won't have a problem using strongly sexist and degrading arguments either. The last few weeks have shown us that, faced with the prospect of losing their absolute majority, the AKP and its collaborators are even ready to depict the election itself as an attempted coup."

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