Istanbul, June 2 () - A group of women in eastern Turkey turned their backs on Tayyip Erdoğan’s campaign bus in protest, infuriating the increasingly irascible Turkish president on June 1.
“It is very interesting that a group here... I beg your pardon but my decency does not permit me to put it in another way... they turned their backs on me while making the victory sign” Erdoğan said during a rally in Iğdır.
“If you have a modicum of politeness, honor and ability, then the place for politics is parliament” he said, claiming that the women need to be deputies to have the right to protest the Turkish president.
Erdoğan revisited the issue in his next rally in the eastern province of Erzurum.
“I beg your pardon, but they have all turned their well-known backs while we were passing by [an election] coordination center. Of course, my decency does not permit me to tell you what [this move] means” he said.
According to local media, the women were supporters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which focuses on the Kurdish problem, who launched the spontaneous protest when they met in front of the HDP building and saw Erdoğan’s convoy passing by.