Supporters of Turkey's far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have attacked a commemoration ceremony held for the party's founder in the capital Ankara.
A group of some 50 Grey Wolves members raided the event that was held to commemorate Alparslan Türkeş by the Alparslan Türkeş Foundation in the Yenimahalle district on Nov. 28. Several people were wounded as a result.
Former Grey Wolves head Hakan Ünser claimed that the attackers collaborated with the police and the attack was made possible as a result.
Ve polis işbirliği ile saldırı başladı. pic.twitter.com/w3y14XEody— M. Hakan Ünser (@hakanunser) November 28, 2021
Grey Wolves Ankara chair Abdullah Yüksel commented on the attack, saying that those who attacked the event previously betrayed Türkeş.
Hareketin aksakallısı biziz diyerek kapı kapı dolaşanlar tekraren hatırlatalım. Dün Başbuğumuza ihanet edip Milliyetçi-Ülkücü harekete saldırmayı meslek edinenler ülkücüler dimdik ayakta ve hepsinin hesabını sormaya devam ediyor.— Ankara Ülkü Ocakları (@ankaraulkuocak) November 28, 2021
Ankara Ülkü Ocakları Başkanı pic.twitter.com/BepXFIcGen
It's common for the paramilitaries of the MHP to attack critics of their party, since they enjoy impunity. The Grey Wolves - a group of far-right ultra-nationalist Turks - are banned in several European countries due to their constant attacks.
MHP Ankara provincial chief Turgay Baştuğ, meanwhile, was accused of instigating the attack with a social media post he shared a day before the event.
Alparslan Türkeş Vakfı Başbuğumuzu Anma programı düzenleyecekmiş!— Turgay Baştuğ (@TurgayBastug) November 27, 2021
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In a series of tweets, Baştuğ slammed the speakers of the event for "betraying" Türkeş. He also slammed one of the speakers for continuing his political career at the right-wing Good (İYİ) Party.
"The Grey Wolves members will never accept those who betrayed Türkeş and our leader Devlet Bahçeli to commemorate Alparslan Türkeş," Baştuğ said.