And Turkey is ruled by an authoritarian, self-proclaimed "Islamist" government.
At least eighty-six people were killed Saturday when two explosions ripped through groups of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists gathering for an anti-government peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara.
The attack, near Ankara's main train station, was the deadliest in the city's history and has ratcheted up tensions ahead of Turkey's November 1st snap elections, which were already riding high amid the government's offensive on Kurdish militants.
Bodies of the slain activists were seen strewn across the ground after the blasts, with the banners they had been holding lying next to them for the "Work, Peace and Democracy" rally.
Sixty-two people died at the scene of the blasts and twenty-four more then succumbed to their wounds in hospital, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu told reporters in Ankara. He said another 186 people had been injured in the attack.
And the Erdogan regime's alibi?:
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the "heinous attack", saying it was aimed at "our unity and our country's peace."
That Erdogan is doing his level best to shatter.
A Turkish government official told AFP that the authorities "suspect that there is a terrorist connection," without giving further details. Reports said they were investigating if a suicide bomber was involved.
Well. The "suspect their is a terrorist connection". That theory is just plausible enough to satisfy the public - and, perhaps, keep them from digging to find out if maybe the terrorist atrocity was carried out from a, shall we say, "higher level".
I will say that, though I am admittedly no explosives expert, it seems to me that a lone suicide bomber would have a difficult time even standing up under the weight of enough explosive to slaughter almost a hundred people, even in close quarters.
There is, in short, more to this than that initial, bland, perfunctory speculation. Pity the Erdogan regime will prevent anybody from finding out what it is.
UPDATE: The death toll has risen to ninety-five.