Turkish authorities strikes to close down liberal pro-Kurdish occasion

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Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) plans to close down the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the occasion’s spokesperson stated on Tuesday, state-owned Turkish media reported. 

“God willing, we will shut down the HDP in the eyes of the people,” Cahit Ozkan, a deputy parliamentary group chairman of AKP was quoted as saying by the state-owned Anadolu information company.

“Our people have lost hope in this party. All 83 million are demanding that this party be politically shut at the ballots and legally within the framework of the constitutional order,” Ozkan added.

AKP and its ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are accusing HDP of getting ties to Kurdish militants, which means to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Accusations have been additional stepped up after Turkish captives have been executed in northern Iraq earlier this month, with the federal government arguing they have been killed by PKK rebels, additionally asserting the detention of greater than 700 individuals over alleged hyperlinks to group.

PKK has been labeled as a terrorist organisation by the US and Western nations, in addition to by the European Parliament.

In February, Brussels warned Ankara over its growing strain towards HDP, supporting {that a} member of the Council of Europe (CoE) and an EU candidate nation, Turkey should respect human rights, rule of regulation and freedoms.