Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused People’s Democratic Party (HDP) municipal officials of helping PKK terrorists, during his speech in a meeting on Wednesday in Ankara.
"They do not care about investing in their regions or about reconstruction of their provinces. Their sole concern is terrorism and to make black propaganda," Davutoglu said.
Referring to the statements of several HDP-aligned mayors who demanded "democratic autonomy" in Turkey's eastern and southeastern provinces, Davutoglu said "They demand autonomy; but they do not use the budget already provided to them to give service to people. Instead, they operate like the logistics site of PKK terrorists by helping them with road-barricades and trenches."
Davutoglu said that the terrorists get the construction equipments from these municipalities to dig-up trenches, which they use as traps against security forces conducting anti-terror operations against the PKK.
"They will account for this treason," Turkish PM said while adding that all state sources should be spent on service to citizens.
HDP has been involved in several incidents that signalled close ties with PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.
Officials of the HDP have previously been arrested several times on charges including the recruiting of terrorists for the PKK and disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.
Many members of the HDP and its related parties, essentially Democratic Regions Party (DBP), were also previously arrested over charges of “disrupting state unity, declaring autonomy and aiding terrorist PKK.”
Moreover, HDP officials and members attempted to serve as human shields for PKK terrorists and tried to interfere in the operations of security officers.
PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officers and over 30 civilians since they ended a ceasefire with the Turkish government in July 2015.