Turkish MP dies after heart attack during speech criticizing Israel

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A Turkish opposition legislator has died two days after he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in front of parliament.

Hasan Bitmez, a member of parliament from the opposition Felicity (Saadet) Party, died in Ankara City Hospital on December 14th according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The 54-year-old father of one slumped on Tuesday, December 12, moments after he finished a speech criticising the government’s policy toward Israel.

Turkish MP dies two days after suffering heart attack during speech criticizing Israel

“You allow ships to go to Israel, and you shamelessly call it trade. … You are Israel’s accomplice,” Bitmez said in his speech targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Tuesday after placing a poster on the podium reading: “Murderer Israel; collaborator AKP.”

“Even if you escape the torm£nt of history, you will not be able to escape the wrath of God,” he said at the end of the 20-minute speech before collapsing at the lectern.


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