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Marc Champion

Turkey Plays Politics With Terrorism

The country's government tries to exploit a disaster for electoral gain.
A time of mourning.

A time of mourning.

Photographer: ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey suffered the worst terrorist attack in its modern history on Saturday, when two suspected suicide bombers killed at least 95 people at a peace march organized by Kurdish and left-wing political parties. The government's response: attempt to ban media coverage, obstruct Twitter and smear the victims. 

Acting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu named several possible culprits right after the attack: the militant Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK; left-wing terror organizations; and Islamic State. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the assault as an attack on democracy, equating it with PKK attacks on Turkish security forces.