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In Ankara, families, leftwing activists and officials continued to mourn their comrades on Monday, but grief has quickly turned to anger focused on Erdoğan’s government, accusing his Justice and Development party (AKP) of stirring unrest to increase its chances of ruling alone following parliamentary elections scheduled for 1 November. They also laid blame for the attacks with the Turkish government for its foreign policy in Syria, and its failure to protect opposition groups and their minority supporters.

“They’re trying to start a civil war,” said Yuksel, who declined to give his full name. “This was a rally for peace. They attacked peace and the government is first of all responsible for this attack. And they are doing it all for 400 deputies.”

On Monday, Turkey rejected accusations that the government was to blame for the attacks on Saturday, and said Islamic State was the “No 1priority” of the government’s investigation, though it had not ruled out involvement of the PKK [i.e. the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – a left-wing Kurdish nationalist organization]. As yet, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. [emphasis added by TSJ]

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