HDP deputy attends condolence ceremony for alleged Ankara bomber
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULFeb 23, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Feb 23, 2016 12:00 am
A deputy from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Tuba Hezer, attended the funeral of the terrorist who allegedly perpetrated the Ankara car bombing on Wednesday last week, which killed 28 people and wounded 61.
Hezer visited the condolence home located in the eastern province of Van, where she is a deputy and offered her condolences to the family of the PKK splinter group Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) terrorist named Abdülbaki Sönmez, "Zınar Reperin," the alleged perpetrator of the Ankara bombing, although sources from the prosecutor's office investigating the attack deny his connection, saying it is misleading efforts to prevent blaming the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) Peoples' Protection Units (YPG).
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also rejected the TAK's claim of responsibility and said the link between the PKK and the PYD and its YPG was detected in the Ankara bombing and the perpetrator, who was said to be a Syrian national, was identified from fingerprints taken when he entered the country. The TAK claimed responsibility for the bombing on Friday. Hezer also attended another funeral of a PKK terrorist on Aug. 28, where she was a pallbearer. An investigation was launched into her following images of the funeral being published. She has recently made controversial remarks glorifying the PKK digging trenches.
HDP deputies and the party's co-chairs have not condemned the terrorist attacks carried out by the PKK and the government accuses them of adopting a pro-PKK policy following the elections.
The HDP refused to sign the joint parliamentary declaration condemning the Ankara car bombing.
According to reports, HDP deputies refused to sign the declaration, which was signed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The statement read: "We strongly condemn the inhumane terrorist attacks directed at our unity, peace and security," adding that terror will never reach its goals and Turkey will never submit to terrorism.