12 October 2015
The Socialist International strongly condemns the massive terrorist attack on a peaceful rally in Ankara that took place on Saturday 10 October, killing over a hundred people and injuring many more.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and our strong solidarity with all the people in Turkey who stand against violence and who remain committed to the democratic path, the defence of their freedoms and the enjoyment of their rights.
We equally stand alongside all those who embrace and defend the values we share with political actors in Turkey and, in particular, we extend our solidarity to the Republican People's Party, CHP, today in the opposition, and to the Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP, whose sympathisers have been targeted in this abhorrent attack.
At this hour of mourning, we wish the Turkish people courage and determination in placing peace at the centre of the nation’s future, and keeping it safe from any attempt to destabilise it or derail it from its democratic path as they approach forthcoming elections scheduled for 1 November 2015. We call on the Turkish authorities for an exhaustive and transparent investigation to establish those who are behind this massacre.