Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) district mayor Hasan Basri Firat was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly establishing a so-called justice commission for the outlawed PKK and punishing a civilian in Turkey’s eastern province of Erzurum.
According to juridical sources, Firat was also accused of “judging a civilian in the commission, amercing and banishing locals, signing so-called district court decisions.”
Meanwhile, two district heads of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and one district governorship employee were also arrested for aiding and abetting the outlawed PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO the US and EU.
PKK terror attacks have killed 141 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.
On the other hand, 11 others were detained including district heads of HDP and DBP in anti-terror operation targeting PKK by the local gendarmerie forces in Erzurum.
During operations, one kalashnikov rifle, a gun and ammunition were seized in the house of HDP Koprukoy district head Halil Kapo in Turkey’s Erzurum.
Six DBP members arrested in eastern Igdir province
A total of six DBP members including three co-chairs of district municipalities were arrested by the courts in Turkey’s eastern province of Igdir.
The suspects -including DBP Igdir municipality co-chair Saziye Oncer, Tuzluca district municipality co-chair Mehmet Gultekin and Hoshaber district municipality co-chair Ali Cam- had been detained over claims about being a human shield for PKK.
Following the arrests, HDP Igdir deputy Mehmet Emin Adiyaman said “These arrests are completely political. This is a major blow to peace. Our friends are considered as innocent among people’s minds.”
On Sept. 11, at least 50 members of HDP announced that they will serve as 'human shields' against security operations of police officers targeting PKK, in eastern province of Bitlis.
Led by HDP Bitlis deputy Mizgin Irgat and Bitlis Municipality co-chair Huseyin Olan, a group of HDP members announced that they will serve as human shields against Turkish air operations against the outlawed PKK.
HDP is accused of having close relations to PKK because its officials had previously been arrested for several times over charges of recruiting militants for outlawed PKK, disrupting unity and territorial integrity of the state.
On Aug. 22, police forces seized 100 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 26 detonators and 20 large batteries that are used in bomb making from a truck owned by HDP governed Van municipality.