Four policemen were injured on Thursday when masked assailants within a group of protesters threw improvised explosives targeting the police who were in the process of stopping an illegal demonstration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province.
According to security sources, a group of protesters including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag gathered in front of Diyarbakir metropolitan municipality building located in Yenisehir district and wanted to walk towards Sur district where a curfew has been imposed for days in order to restore security and safety in the district.
A curfew was imposed on Dec. 14 in Sur district of Diyarbakir as a part of ongoing anti-terror operations in Diyarbakir.
The curfew came after security forces launched operations in the region to remove barricades which PKK terrorists had set up earlier in the streets.
Diyarbakir police took extensive security measures to prevent the illegal demonstration.
HDP co-chair Yuksekdag gave a speech to the press after the police forces prevented the group from walking to the district.
During Yuksekdag’s speech, masked assailants within the group attacked police forces with improvised explosives.
Three police officers were wounded with non life-threatening injuries. The officers were taken to the hospital after receiving first aid treatment in ambulances.
Several suspects were detained after the incident, the reports indicated.
Increasing terror attacks by PKK, which is listed as a terror organization by Turkey, US and EU have been causing the disruption of the social order in several eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey.
Probe launched against Yuksekdag
The Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office recently launched an investigation against Yuksekdag over her remarks defending autonomy in Turkey’s southeastern regions.
Yuksekdag is accused of “making terrorism propaganda,” “inciting a crime” and “encouraging sedition,” in addition to violating Article 302 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) by “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.”
Yuksekdag and her counterpart Selahattin Demirtas attended a meeting held by Democratic Society Congress (DTK) in the city of Diyarbakir.
A 14-article final declaration was issued following the meeting demanding the creation of autonomous regions with their own elected legislatures and governments in Turkey’s southeastern regions.
Additionally, the declaration said that the regions should have “their own security forces under control of the regional authorities.”