Racist Attack Kills a Kurdish Citizen in Konya Province

According to Mezopotamya News Agency (MA), a Kurdish family from Amed (Diyarbakır), who has been residing in Çarıklıköy in the Meram district of Konya for 20 years, has been targeted by a racist attack in which at least 60 people attacked the Kurdish family with guns. One of the family members, Hakim Dal (43) was killed in the attack. It is reported that racists living in Karahüyük had threatened the family several times before.


The victim’s brother Hamdi Dal said that the attack took place because they were Kurds.

“They didn’t want us since we are Kurdish. They were telling us ‘You will sell these places and leave’. People living in the surrounding villages were also putting pressure on us, they wanted us to leave. They had threatened us from time to time before. An argument started in the evening among the shepherds who were grazing animals on an empty land in our village. After the argument, a group of at least 60 people came from Karahüyük with guns in their hands. We were three people and they attacked us because we were Kurds, citing the argument as an excuse. My brother died in the attack.”


Eyewitness Mehmet Emin pointed out that, “The family makes a living from animal husbandry. They have lived in this village for a long time. There have been at least three attempts to attack them before. The village headman was provoking the villagers against the family. He is the instigator. He has been taken into custody. No one has been detained other than him.”


The latest attacks show that the Erdogan regime’s systematic repression against HDP and Kurds has turned into “deadly attacks” on the ground. Erdogan’s and his nationalist coalition partner D. Bahçeli’s hostile rethoric against HDP and Kurds have paved the way for the following attacks in the last month.

  • On July 19, Kurdish seasonal agricultural workers were attacked in the western Afyon province. Seven people, including two women, have been injured in a racist attack on Kurdish seasonal agricultural workers in the western province of Afyon, according to a report by Mesopotamia Agency (MA).
  • On July 14, a person with a shotgun attacked the district office of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Marmaris, Muğla, early in the morning. The assailant, A.T.D (28), had also attacked the office in 2018 and legal action was taken against him because of “damaging property,” said the governor’s office.
  • On July 12, a racist group living in the same neighbourhood had attacked a Kurdish family in Bahçeşehir neighbourhood in Konya’s Meram district. The racist group attacked and seriously injured a family of 7, of whom 4 were women. The racist group said, “We are nationalists, we will not let you live here” as they attacked the family.
  • On 17 June, an assailant with a shotgun attacked our office in İzmir. Deniz Poyraz, the daughter of a party employee, was in the office, and she lost her life as a result of the assailant’s gunfire.

Soure: Press (Mezopotamya News Agency (MA), Bianet, ANF), HDP