President Erdoğan threatens us, our lives as opposition are not safe: HDP MP Kaya

HDP deputy Hüda Kaya has said that President Erdoğan is threatening the opposition and that their lives are not safe. Her remarks came after Erdoğan praised an attack attempt against İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener.

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Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Hüda Kaya has slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for threatening the opposition and said that the opposition's lives are not safe. 

Kaya on May 26 was addressing deputies in parliament when she criticized Erdoğan for praising an attack attempt against Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener. 

"The president is threatening us. Our lives as the opposition are not safe," Kaya said, prompting deputies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to defend Erdoğan. 

"This country's president claimed responsibility for an act of provocation and told the opposition, 'These are your better days' through a woman politician," Kaya noted. 

Erdoğan on May 26 prompted shock in the country for praising the attack attempt against Akşener, as he also implied that more will follow. 


Akşener on May 20 was forced to cut her visit to the İkizdere district of the Black Sea province of Rize, Erdoğan's hometown, short after a pro-government group launched a verbal attack on her.

Speaking to AKP members on May 26, Erdoğan called Akşener "Mrs. Bride," referring to the İYİ Party leader's remarks on his husband being from Rize.

"Mrs. Bride compared me to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and went to Rize afterwards. She was taught a very fine lesson," Erdoğan said, referring to Akşener's earlier remarks on Erdoğan and Netanyahu being the same.

"You should thank God that they taught you a lesson without going too far. As if İkizdere wasn't enough, you went to Çayeli. They did what they were supposed to do there as well," he said, adding that "more will follow."

"These are your better days," the president noted.