The Turkish army has recently become one of the main targets of political terrorism.
TV: Coffins draped with Turkish flags carried through crowds in streets of Istanbul, followed by political and military leaders.
SV: Troops bearing coffins. (2 shots)
LV: Coffin being placed on gun carriage (2 shots)
SV: Mourners crying
CU: Military escort
SV: Politicians and military leaders following procession
SV: Coffin on gun carriage in procession
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Background: The Turkish army has recently become one of the main targets of political terrorism. On Wednesday (18 June) the latest victims, an Army officer and two soldiers, were buried. In the last few weeks five officers and fifteen soldiers have been shot, and a general who was a commander during the 1974 Cyprus operation was wounded.
SYNOPSIS: This funeral in Istanbul, of Officer Harun Haydaroglu, was attended by a large number of senior officers and soldiers. The procession passed without incident. But in the provincial capital of Neveshir on the same day two Opposition parliamentarians were wounded when violence erupted at the funeral of a murdered politician, the Provincial Chairman the Republican People's Party (RPP) Zeki Tekiner. The two injured politicians RPP Senator Hiyri Mumcuoglu and Deputy Burhan Garip and other party officials were injured by gunfire.
The RPP Chairman, and former Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, who was at the funeral in Nevershir, immediately telephoned Turkey's armed forces Chief of Staff, General Kenan Evren and called for troops to be sent to Nevesehir to maintain order. Two other RPP politicians the local Chairmen in Kayseri and Adana were killed earlier this year by rightist extremists.
On Tuesday, June 17th, the Turkish government decided to extend martial law, in 20 of Turkey's 67 provinces for another two months in an attempt to curb the continuing political violence. Despite the martial rule, political killings and other acts of violence have increased in recent months, with an average of 12 people a day being killed by either right or left-wing extremists.