Thursday, 14 January, 2016

Turkish police detain six pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party members in raid

Turkish riot police block the street as Turkish anti-terrorist police officers search the pro-kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party Beyoglu headquarters Turkish police detain six pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party members in raid
Dana Christensen | 09 January, 2016, 01:21

Turkish security forces killed at least 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Monday, the army said today, as a huge operation against the group in southeastern cities entered its third week.

On the photo: Turkish police block the street as anti-terrorist officers search the Beyoglu headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Istanbul, January 8, 2016.

Officials say police opened fire at the attackers, killing one and wounding the other.

Rukiye Demir, HDP's co-chair of Beyoglu district bureau, was detained in the operation, police said. Turkish officials said Thursday more than 300 Kurdish militants tied to PKK had been killed as violence resumes and residents try and prevent the entry of security forces in the southeast.

He told getwestlondon there was a feeling among Kurds that the gloal community was turning a blind eye to what was happening in Turkey, where attacks were being carried out and curfews opposed in Kurdish towns.

The ruling AK Party (AKP) has put replacing the country's coup-era constitution at the heart of its agenda after winning back its parliamentary majority in a November election. The HDP raid follows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's renewed calls for legal action against the party's members and his welcoming of the criminal probe into the HDP leaders' calls for Kurdish autonomy launched last week.

The ruling AK Party lost its single-party majority in a June election, but after coalition talks failed, it swept back to power in a snap poll, capturing nearly 50 percent of the vote.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu this month held meetings with the leaders of both the CHP and the MHP, both of whom have agreed to join the commission.


The Turkish presidency later tried to backtrack on the comments, saying the media distorted them, but, as the New York Times noted, he "already built a disturbing record as an authoritarian leader willing to trample on human rights, the rule of law and political and press freedoms". A cross-party commission collapsed in 2011, but not before agreeing on 60 articles.