“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Monday, October 12, 2015
Faces of some of the 95 people killed, 200 wounded, when twin blasts ripped through a crowd of hundreds of pro-Kurdish and labor activists who were preparing to head to a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey’s worst terror attack ever.
Grief as more victims of Ankara attack identified
Dijle Deli, one of the victims of the Saturday blasts, poses with other activists on a bus en route to Ankara hours before she was killed in the attack.
candidate for Parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and 11 members of a provincial youth branch of the Republican People's Party (CHP) were among the 95 victims of a deadly attack that hit a peace rally at the heart of Ankara on Saturday.
At least 95 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded when twin blasts ripped through a crowd of hundreds of pro-Kurdish and labor activists who were preparing to head to a peace rally in Ankara, in Turkey's worst terror attack ever.
The Prime Ministry has shared a list of 77 victims of the attack identified as of Sunday morning, as devastated relatives waited in front of Ankara hospitals for word on their loved ones. A total of 36 bodies have been handed over to their families so far, according to a statement released by the Prime Ministry's Coordination Center. A total of 160 people remained hospitalized as of Sunday, 65 of whom were in intensive care units, a sign that the death toll may increase even further.
One of the victims identified by the Prime Ministry is Kübra Meltem Mollaoğlu, an HDP candidate from İstanbul who was hoping to be elected as a deputy in the Nov. 1 parliamentary election.
Mollaoğlu's social media posts days before the attack, including selfies with HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and other party officials, have been widely shared by Twitter users.
A total of 11 members of the CHP's Malatya youth branch were also killed, according to CHP youth branches Chairman İrfan İnanç Yıldız.
CHP Malatya Youth Branch member Eren Akın (R) has recently posted this selfie with CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on his Facebook page.
The 11 people were part of a total of 18 members of the youth group who traveled from the eastern province to Ankara to attend the rally, Yıldız said in remarks published on the website of Hürriyet daily. Four attendees were injured, two of whom in critical condition, he said, adding that the remaining three were unhurt because they had left the scene before the explosion to get water.
9-year-old Veysel Deniz Atılgan was killed along with his father.
Heartbreaking images showing the happy scenes from the lives of the victims, ranging from a 70-year-old woman to 19-year-old students and a 9-year old child, have been circulated on social media. The victims include, in addition to political party members, students, members of workers unions and leftist parties.
Elif Kanlıoğlu (R), a second-year university student who was killed in the attack.
One of the pictures widely circulated on social media shows Yılmaz and Gülhan Elmascan smiling at a camera on their wedding day just a year ago.
Yılmaz and Gülhan Elmascan in a wedding picture taken a year ago.
Another one, a selfie, features university student Dijle Deli and others traveling on a bus to Ankara to attend the rally hours before the attack. “We are going to Ankara to bring PEACE,” Deli wrote in her post.
Being a member of “Saturday mothers,” a group of women in search of their sons who went missing at the height of Turkey's anti-terror campaign in southeastern Anatolia in the 1990s, Meryem Bulut (70) was no stranger to rallies and marches. Bulut, also a member of the HDP's Şişli branch, was a victim of the attack. Her grandson was reportedly killed in Sinjar in Iraq while fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which stormed Yazidi villages there last year.
Meryem Bulut (C) in an undated photo circulated on Twitter.