The headquarters of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in the eastern province of Bingöl came under attack today by a group of villagers angered over the killing of their village guard, Doğan News Agency reported today.
Village guard Mehmet Çintay was injured earlier in the day in a clash with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) near Çiçekdere and Ortaçanak villages in Bingöl. Çintay later died in Bingöl State Hospital due to the injuries he suffered.
Some 300 people from the Çiçekdere and Ortaçanak villages gathered in Bingöl’s city center at around 11:30 a.m. after hearing word of Çintay's death. The group started marching toward the provincial headquarters of the BDP, as locals started joining the crowd.
The group arrived at the BDP building and started hurling rocks at the party's headquarters, smashing its windows. A scuffle broke out between party members and the angry group after the latter tried to break into the building. Two groups hurled stones, chairs and sticks at each other before riot police halted the fighting, according to daily Milliyet. Security forces had to use water cannon to disperse the ever-increasing mob of attackers and placed armored cars in front of the BDP building to protect it from further attacks.
No injuries were reported in the fighting.