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Calls surge among Turkey’s ruling parties for HDP closure

  2021-03-03  | 
 Zhyan News Network
People wave pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) flags during a gathering to celebrate Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 24, 2019. Photo by REUTERS/Kemal Aslan
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – As calls for the closure of the Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) surge among the ruling parties in Turkey, Deputy Chair of the Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Cahit Ozkan said on Tuesday (March 2) that HDP will be closed both “politically and lawfully.”

“After its closure in a political way, it will be also closed legally. That means it will be closed in the conscience of our nation," Ozkan said at the Turkish parliament, as the most senior AHP official ever to support reiterating demands by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli.

During a session at the Turkish legislature On Tuesday, Bahceli called on the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party to voice their positions for the summary of proceedings prepared to strip the immunity of HDP lawmakers. 

Leader of Turkey’s biggest opposition party Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu rejected Bahceli’s demand.

"In a country where there is no judicial independence, a lawmaker has no guarantee aside from immunity. This assurance should not be lifted," the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) was quoted Kilicdaroglu as saying.

The CHP leader also expects Court of Cassation to file an investigation against the HDP, according to Hürriyet Daily News affiliated with CHP.

The Turkish court has asked the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to send copies of summaries of proceedings prepared against the HDP deputies as part of the Kobane file, online news portal T24 reported.

Prosecutors are seeking to lift the parliamentary immunity of nine HDP lawmakers, including co-leader Pervin Buldan, over their alleged involvement in the 2014 Kobane protests, according to Duvar English.

In early October, a Turkish court ordered the pre-trial detention of 17 people, including members of the HDP, in connection with the 2014 Kobane protests.

In October 2014, protesters marched to the streets in Turkey’s predominantly-Kurdish population southeast, known as Bakur to the Kurds, angered over the government’s inaction to the besiegement of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane by Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

The Turkish government accuse HPD of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who has launched an armed struggle against the Turkish authorities since 1978 for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey. HDP denies such charges.

Ankara has started a crackdown on the dissents since the aborted 2016 coup attempt. Several HDP co-leaders, politicians, members and mayors have been jailed, dismissed or replaced by government trustees including former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.

(Zhyan English)