Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay was attacked in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district early on Aug. 31 by unidentified assailants following Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu’s comments targeting him.
After he was discharged from Haydarpaşa Numune Hospital, Atay told reporters that he had not been seriously injured and would hold a press meeting regarding the issue on Sept. 1.
TİP also announced that Atay was in good health. “Our deputy chair Barış Atay who was earlier in the day targeted by Süleyman Soylu, was attacked by a group of ‘unidentified’ people this night. Our colleague Barış is in good health. We thank for wishes of solidarity,” TİP wrote on Twitter.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay would be “a perfect rapist” after the lawmaker criticized him over the fact that a specialized sergeant was not arrested over sexual assault even though the existence of plenty of evidence.
Specialized sergeant Musa Orhan remained behind bars for only one week despite raping İpek Er, a Kurdish woman who died on Aug. 18 a month after committing suicide because of Orhan’s sexual assault.