Turkish right-wing opposition Good (İYİ) Party member Erhan Kurt on May 28 was stabbed to death in the northern province of Ordu’s Gülyalı district during the election “celebrations” of the ruling coalition.
Opposition parties have condemned the attack.
İYİ Party General Secretary and lawmaker Uğur Poyraz said in a tweet that “Tonight, our party member Erhan Kurt lost his life as a result of an attack in front of our district branch. As a nation, we condemn this treacherous attack, which is the result of the language that separates us, and all the perpetrators with hatred. We will be a determined follower of the process.”
Bu akşam @iyiparti mizin Ordu İli Gülyalı İlçesi üyemiz ve sandık görevlimiz Erhan Kurt İlçe Başkanlığımızın önünde gerçekleşen bir saldırı sonucu hayatını kaybetmiştir. Erhan kardeşimize Allah’tan rahmet ailesi, sevenleri ve @iyiparti camiamıza başsağlığı ve sabır diliyoruz,… pic.twitter.com/inK3GJSL0L— UĞUR POYRAZ (@UGUR__POYRAZ) May 28, 2023
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chair and Ordu lawmaker Seyit Torun said “Those who were supposedly celebrating in Ordu Gülyalı stabbed our young brother Erhan Kurt to death. Shame on this hatred. Peace be upon you, my beautiful brother. We will not give up on this until this murder is held accountable and all those responsible are punished!”
Ordu Gülyalı’da sözde kutlama yapanlar, genç kardeşimiz Erhan Kurt’u bıçaklayarak katletti.— Seyit Torun (@Seyit_TORUN) May 28, 2023
Bu kin ve nefrete yazıklar olsun. Mekanın cennet olsun güzel kardeşim. Bu cinayetin hesabı sorulana, tüm sorumlular cezasını bulana kadar bu işin peşini bırakmayacağız!
Opposition Democrat Party Deputy Chair and Ordu lawmaker Cemal Enginyurt said the attack is the result of the language of grudge and hate of the government.
“Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, you said 'we took note', you said 'we will hold you accountable', you said 'these are your better days.' Every day you spew grudges and hatred, and finally, this caused the death of a young man in Ordu Gülyalı. Emrah Kurt was martyred by AKP gangs tonight because of your dirty language. Are you peaceful, how will you sleep, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? How will you account for this young man's children? Was it worth an election, was it worth being president?”