On the detention of PCF's observer delegation in Turkey, President of the European Left Gregor Gysi said:
The arrest of the election observer delegation of EL-member paryt PCF from France is unacceptable and deeply undemocratic. Participants in the international delegation, consisting of Senator Christine Prunaud, General Secretary of the Bas-Rhin association Hulliya Turan and Pascal Torre, an expert on Turkish affairs, are in Turkey for today's parliamentary and presidential election. I demand her immediate release. This authoritarian approach by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is another step towards de-democratization of Turkey, which is also accompanied by the fight against oppositional structures. We are on the side of all democratic and free forces in Turkey and sincerely hope that the people will bring clarity today.