Kidnapping of Turkish socialist an act of intimidation campaign against leftists

The kidnapping of a socialist activist in Turkey has raised fears there of a potential campaign of intimidation and violence against leftists and other activists.

The attack, which was blamed on the Islamic State group, took place as the group was issuing a press statement about its intentions to travel to the Syrian town of Kobane to help reconstruction after it was devastated in fighting with IS.

Supporters of the ESP said the Turkish state was culpable for the killings as it had failed to give the gathering proper security despite warnings of an “imminent” threat in the area at the time. The Suruc police chief would later face charges of misconduct over the killings.

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