An unidentified person dumped a truckload of manure near the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) “March of Justice” camp in Düzce on Tuesday, fueling anger among CHP supporters.
According to the HaberTürk daily website, a truck dumped the manure on a road in the Cumhuriyet neighborhood where CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and CHP supporters had set up a camp as part of the March of Justice, which was initiated by Kılıçdaroğlu on June 16 in response to the arrest of CHP İstanbul deputy Enis Berberoğlu.
The Düzce Fire Department cleared the road after CHP deputies and supporters participating in the march contacted local authorities, calling it a provocative action. CHP deputy Eren Erdem told the Doğan news agency that the incident took place around 9.30 p.m. local time when Kılıçdaroğlu was resting in his van.
Police officers who provide security for the camp pursued the truck; however, it was found deserted some 500 meters from the camp. Police have launched an investigation to find the person who dumped the manure on the road.
Underlining that the incident was a provocation against the march, Eren said that “nobody in the [CHP] camp was provoked by this incident.”
On the 13th day of the March of Justice, CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu reached Düzce.
Kılıçdaroğlu initiated the march in Ankara on June 16 in protest of the arrest of CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for leaking information for a report on National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks transporting weapons to jihadists in Syria.
The march, which started in Ankara, will last for 25 days and end at Maltepe Prison, where Berberoğlu is jailed.