In a tragic turn of events, Hasan Bitmez, a 54-year-old parliamentarian from the opposition Felicity (Saadet) Party, has passed away in Ankara City Hospital on December 14th, just two days after experiencing a heart incident during a parliamentary speech.
Bitmez, a devoted father of one, had passionately expressed his criticism of the government’s Israel policy moments before collapsing on Tuesday, December 12th. During his impactful speech, he accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of complicity with Israel, stating, “You allow ships to go to Israel, and you shamelessly call it trade.” His emotional words, which included calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party a “collaborator” with Israel, ended with a powerful message: “Even if you escape the torment of history, you will not be able to escape the wrath of God.”
Sadly, the parliamentarian succumbed to the consequences of his heart incident, leaving behind a poignant reminder of the intensity of political discourse. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed his passing, marking a somber day in Turkish politics.