The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) condemned a car bombing on Saturday, which killed 13 Turkish soldiers and wounded more than 56 others in Kayseri city.
“This time a blast in Kayseri resulted in many deaths and injuries. We condemn this attack in the strongest terms,” the HDP declared. “We would like to express our condolences for the deceased and wish a fast recovery to the wounded, and our deepest sympathy for the families.”
Addressing Turkey’s 38-year-old insurgency, the pro-Kurdish party said: “We are deeply saddened by the vortex of violence Turkey is gradually dragged into, and we share sympathy for the pain.”
Following the attack, ultra-nationalists torched HDP offices in Kayseri. The local police force refused to intervene.
Saturday’s blast comes a week after deadly twin bombings targeted the police in Istanbul. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) splinter group, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“We have long passed the stage of settling with messages of condemnation,” the HDP then said. “We all must stand together for peace, democracy, justice and freedom […], to end this pain and prevent new tragedies from happening.”
“We can overcome these troubled times by standing in solidarity, improving conditions and encouraging peace in the country,” The pro-Kurdish party added. “This is the first step in putting an end to this turmoil.”
The Peoples’ Democratic Party called for a return to the Kurdish-Turkish peace process, saying that it was time to end “the politics, tone and language that creates tension, polarization, hostility [and] chaos.”