Who bombed the HDP?

Every day there is a new attack on buildings, vehicles and members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and every day, the president or a spokesperson for the government targets the party, portraying it as a violent movement, its supporters as terrorists, and so on.

On Monday there were simultaneous bomb attacks on the Mersin and Adana HDP headquarters. The bombs came with cargo and in the guise of flowers, leaving dozens of people wounded and causing serious damage to the buildings.

I wish I were wrong, but I believe no one will be detained as a suspect in these bomb attacks. They appear to have been so professionally organized and carried out that the culprits will most likely never be identified. I would not be surprised if we hear that all the security cameras that could have provided information were either broken or turned off at the time. I wish I were wrong, but I believe these crimes will never be solved, and will become just another entry in our history of “unsolved” attacks and assassinations.

We have a long history of “unsolved” murders and attacks, from the assassination of journalist Uiur Mumcu to the mayor of Malatya, Hamit Fendoilu, who were both killed by a bomb sent by mail. Fendoilu’s killing was the beginning of a chain of events that lead to the massacres of Alevis in 1978.

I believe whoever has been orchestrating the attacks on more than 50 HDP election centers was also behind the bombing of these two HDP buildings. They aim to provoke HDP members into responding in kind to these attacks so that the HDP will appear to be a violent party and lose votes.

Some in the government’s circles and government supporters in the media claim the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) may have been behind these attacks. They say the HDP’s votes are sufficient to pass the election threshold and that the PKK is trying to generate further support and sympathy for the HDP by portraying it as a victim.

I cannot find this argument even laughable. If those in the government’s circles really think that the attacks would generate sympathy for the HDP, they would have stopped attempting to incite anger toward the party by portraying it as an extension of the PKK, and so on. Moreover, if they really believed attacks on the HDP would generate sympathy for it, they would try to stop them and bring the culprits to justice.

Instead, while mobs were attacking HDP party members, vehicles and buildings, police were either idle or not even present. If these bomb attacks were really carried out by the PKK, this government has any means at its disposal to find and punish those responsible.

However, this government is engaging in a life-or-death struggle to ensure that the HDP remains below the threshold. It is this government that blames the HDP for something every single day, and it is this government that did not catch anyone involved in the prior 50 to 60 attacks carried out in broad daylight and in front of everyone.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that these bomb attacks will not be the last ones. It is highly possible that we will witness similar attacks up until the day of the elections, which will determine the destiny of this country.