One dead, four injured in post-election violence in southeast Turkey

Apr3,2024



Ankara: brother of one opposition candidate One person died and four others were injured in clashes between the newly elected's opponents and supporters ruling party The mayor of a city district in a predominantly Kurdish region of southeastern Türkiye.
Supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) clashed with supporters of the opposition Deva (Remedy) party in the Pervari district of the city of Siirt on Tuesday night, following local elections on Sunday that saw the opposition fare well in most of Turkey.
In the district, the AKP candidate for mayor won with 52% of the vote, while the DEVA candidate came in second place with 40%.
The governor's office said five people were injured in the clashes, one of whom died. DEVA vice president Mehmet Emin Ekmen identified the dead man as the brother of the party's candidate.
DEVA was one of six parties in the opposition coalition ahead of the May 2023 general elections, when Erdogan secured another 5-year mandate and his ruling coalition a parliamentary majority.
Police are investigating the incident and have detained six people, the Sirte governor's office said, adding that a curfew has been imposed in Perwari district until Thursday morning for security reasons.
Protests also spread to Turkey's south-eastern provinces on Tuesday night, when Turkish authorities blocked the newly elected mayor of the pro-Kurdish DEM party from taking up his post in the city of Van, and called for a re-run in Sanilurfa's Hilvan district. , where the AKP lost.
Footage showed protesters in Batman province firing firecrackers at police, who fired water cannons at them, while a large number of security personnel were deployed around the city of Hakkari, where protests were also gaining momentum.



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