ISTANBUL An unknown assailant set fireplace on Monday to an Istanbul arts heart, CCTV footage confirmed, and its founder, a distinguished critic of the Turkish authorities, said he suspected a political motive for the attack.
The Istanbul prosecutor’s office said it was investigating the incident.
The CCTV footage confirmed what appeared to be a person soon right after midnight dousing the doorstep of the constructing with liquid from a cannister. This was adopted by a shiny flash and fireplace.
“Our guard listened to an explosion … and ran outside,” Mujdat Gezen, founder of the Mujdat Gezen Arts Centre, informed Reuters. “There is some problems to the entrance of the constructing, but absolutely nothing major, we can fix it.”
Gezen, an actor and staunch secularist who has normally criticized the ruling AK Celebration, which has Islamist roots, said he thought the fireplace was an attack on these opposed to an April sixteen referendum that would raise the Turkish president’s powers.
President Tayyip Erdogan has said these who vote “no” in the referendum are siding with supporters of terrorism and a failed army coup. Critics say the proposed constitutional changes would guide to 1-person rule and undermine fundamental freedoms.
Gezen said his heart had also acquired threats in the previous.
Turkey has turn out to be extra deeply polarized given that the July 15 failed coup, with authorities arresting tens of countless numbers of people suspected of backing the putsch, which include judges, journalists and soldiers, in a crackdown that has alarmed Ankara’s NATO allies and human rights teams.
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