Pro-government protesters pelt daily Hürriyet building with stones
ISTANBULDaily Hürriyet’s Istanbul headquarters was attacked by more than 150 pro-government protesters early Sept. 7, hours after a deadly terrorist attack in Turkey’s southeast.
The group attacked security personnel at the outer gate of Hürriyet’s office in the city’s Bağcılar district before forcing their way to the door, which they pelted with stones.
Protesters, who chanted pro-government slogans, retreated when a police unit arrived at the scene.
Hours before the incident, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants attacked two military vehicles in the southeastern province of Hakkari, killing an undetermined number of Turkish soldiers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a television interview that two armored military vehicles were targeted by PKK militants near the district of Dağlıca, bordering Iraq and Iran. He said an official statement would be made but indicated that several soldiers were killed in the attack.
“It was an attack on armored vehicles with land mines,” Erdoğan said. “The information from our Chief of General Staff is very saddening.”
He said Turkey’s security forces would respond in a “different and determined” manner.