The gendarmerie commander in the northeastern province of Artvin was removed from his post Monday, one week after the province’s Hopa district witnessed clashes between the locals and police, CNNTürk reported Monday.
Col. Mehmet Nasif’s removal from his post come days after Artvin Police Chief Muhsin Arman, who were both accused of taking necessary precautions ahead of an election rally of Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, also lost his post.
Erdoğan’s election rally on May 31 in Hopa was marred by protests that resulted in the death of one local resident and the injury of one of the prime minister’s bodyguards.
Metin Lokumcu, a retired teacher, suffered a heart attack and died the same day after being hospitalized. The coroner’s office released Lokumcu’s autopsy report, saying he died due to an exposure to tear gas and panic related to heart failure.
Meanwhile, a court with special authority, which specializes in organized crime and terror cases, in the eastern city of Erzurum, arrested four more suspects Monday related to the clashes. The charges against suspects were resisting police and damaging property.