Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas, called on his supporters to retaliate against the protestors who took to the streets after the call of Nationalist Party for nationwide anti-terror protests, he said ‘make them [protestors] regret the day they were born’ to an extent allowed by the law.
Holding a press conference in Diyarbakir on Wednesday, Demirtas made a declaration to his supporters in response to the damage caused to HDP offices by some ultra-nationalist protestors, as HDP's main office in the capital Ankara was torched by the extreme wing among the protestors.
Upon the call of nationalist leaders, for the past two days, nationalist protestors have been staging anti-terror protests to condemn the killings of soldiers, policemen and civilians in PKK terror attacks.
Amidst PKK’s rising attacks, which include suicide bombings and IED attacks as well as plots in which security forces are called to an area where they are ambushed. 109 security officers have been killed in two months due to these types of attacks.
The protests came in response to the most recent attacks in Hakkari and Igdir, that led to the deaths of 31 soldiers and police officers, latest attacks were the deadliest to happen within the last two months.
Throughout the press conference, HDP leader made no mention of fallen security officers and echoed the calls of other politicians asking for the bloodshed to end, but failed to make any comments regarding PKK’s responsibility over the terror attacks.
Instead, his criticism was directed at the state, he also accused the police force of not doing their job.
Pointing the arrow at the government, Demirtas put the blame for the death of security officers on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu by claiming that, “the government took the decision to start a war. We had no part in it.”
‘Watch Your Step’
HDP leader also demanded that the nationalist protestors, who were mobilised by the youth organization of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to not to serve as “tools” for the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the National Intelligence Service (MIT).
Calling the protestors “paid gangs tasked by the AK Party and the MIT”, Demirtas said “Do not let yourself to be used, there is no government. They -AK Party- will not become the governing party after the election, so everyone should watch their step,” in a tone that was considered threatening.
Demirtas also took a swipe at the anti-PKK protestors and said, “We feel bad for these people. They don’t even have money to buy tea in their pocket. The government will be gone and you will pay for your actions. If you say ‘I will sacrifice myself,’ then go ahead.”
Call for Civil War
In the meantime, HDP co-chair, Figen Yuksekdag, said on Tuesday night that the ‘war’ has now moved to the western part of the country.
“We will not obey AK Party. There will be revolts all over and the revolts will continue to heighten,” she said in comments that were considered to be a call for civil war.
The recent comments of HDP co-chairs Yuksekdag and Demirtas and the killing of officers in PKK attacks, drew intense public reaction against the HDP, and people flooded the streets as a response.
Despite HDP's call for revolt, MHP's youth wing leader Olcay Kilavuz, responded by calling on his supporters to keep calm and said, "Causing division among society is out of question for us. We are the unifying side in this country. We are aware we are in need of unity more than ever. We will do our best to keep the thousand year old brotherhood alive."
He stated that the nationalist youth wing could never get involved with any action that would drive people into further conflict.
In several incidents, some individuals who are reported to be of Kurdish origin came under attack of certain ultra-nationalist groups, Kilavuz said these individuals have no relations with the MHP's youth wing.
The number of security officers that were killed by the heinous terror attacks of PKK increased to 109 as of Wednesday, after PKK unilaterally ended three year old ceasefire with Turkey on July 11 under the instruction of KCK, and re-started attacks on security forces and as well as civilians.
PKK which is a recognized terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK, is considered by public to have close ties with HDP, since both groups are united under an umbrella organization named KCK, the Group of Communities in Kurdistan.