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Turkish opposition condemns arrest of Kurdish officials

Turkish opposition condemns arrest of Kurdish officials

Turkish opposition expresses a criticism of the government’s actions, the parties have condemned the arrests of a dozen Kurdish officials. Among them is the senior politicians in a terror investigation. Such actions undermine Turkey’s credibility in the eyes of the Ankara’s western allies, says the opposition.

Turkish opposition disagrees with the actions of government, which continues to make arrests, during recent weeks many Kurdish officials were arrested. The midnight raids led to the detention of the two chiefs of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP) and at least 10 other party members. The government accuses these Kurdish officials of abetting the activities of PKK insurgents.

Selahattin Demirtaș, the charismatic Kurdish politician and an opponent of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was arrested too. Head of the largest opposition bloc in parliament Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, stressed:

“You can never bring peace to a country if you say, ‘I will apprehend those who came with elections, jail them, kill them, destroy them, shoot them and silence them in mafia-like ways’.”

Turkish opposition appeals to the defending of democracy, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party denounced the arrests, calling on the international community to respond to what it described as a coup by Erdoğan.

The Turkish prime minister, Binali Yıldırım, told reporters that elected officials who incite and encourage terrorism must face legal proceedings and that the MPs were detained because they had refused to give testimony.