CHP’s Kılıçdaroğlua Assaulted in Parliament

23961529The leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) was assaulted in Parliament in Ankara before his party group meeting on April 8.

“We do not step back just because of a punch,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told his party’s parliamentary group meeting immediately after the incident.

The incident took place before the scheduled meeting, after an assailant, who entered the Parliament as a visitor, delivered several kicks and punched Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. TheCHP leader fell on the floor during the attack while reports said his glasses were broken.
The attacker was identified as Orhan Ö. and was immediately taken to the Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) meeting room “to prevent him from being attacked,” daily Radikal reported. He was detained by the police following the incident.

He is reportedly a member of the Alperen association, a youth organization affiliated with the ultra-nationalist Great Union Party (BBP). It has also been reported that the assailant shared a number of posts in praise of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his personal Facebook page.