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Kobani protests case is political revenge against HDP: Demirtas

  2021-05-18  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Former Co-Chair and Lawmaker of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas is seen during a court hearing in Ankara, Turkey, May 18, 2021. Photo by HDP -Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkey’s court case on deadly 2014 Kobani protests is a plot by the Turkish authorities against the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), prominent Kurdish leader and former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said on Tuesday (May 18). 

“This case is not the Kobani Case. The name, content and essence of this case is a conspiracy case against HDP. It is a political revenge case against HDP,” Demirtas said via a videolink during the second hearing of the case. 

“The cause itself, its aims and purpose, is purely political. It has nothing to do with the law from afar,” he said, reported by the HDP. 

“One day, the Kobani case will also be opened and the real responsible, state and government officials who provoked the streets, governors, district governors, police chiefs, who committed the massacre, will definitely be revealed.”  

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 at the time.

Several journalists who wanted to follow the hearing were not allowed into the courtroom on the grounds they did not have necessary badges and cells phones and computers were confiscated from others who entered the hall, according to Mezopotamya news agency.

More than 30 people died and over 700 were injured in crackdowns by the Turkish security forces. 

Turkey has put 108 Kurdish politicians on trial in connection of the protests, 28 of whom are behind bars, including Demirtas and former co-chair Figen Yüksekdag, in what critics say is politically motivated revenge for their alleged roles in the protests. 

On April 26, Sincan prison in Ankara held the first hearing, but it was halted after lawyers left the courtroom in protest citing shortcoming in the court process. 

Demirtas has been in jail since November 2016 over charges imposed by the Turkish authorities for alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). He faces a sentence of up to 142 years in prison if convicted of the charges filed by the Turkish authorities.  

PKK has started an armed struggle against Turkey for Kurds’ cultural rights since 1984.

(Zhyan English)