Mother of teenage killed during Kobane events speaks out

Yasin Boru’s mother holds pro-Kurdish party leader Selahattin Demirtas responsible for her 16-year-old son’s death, speaking out on Mother's Day

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hatice Boru, mother of Yasin Boru who was one of the slayed youngs in riots between different political groups in the southeast of Turkey in October, said over the weekend in Diyarbakir that the co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas is responsible for her son’s death.

The events of Oct. 6-7 took place after the HDP called its supporters to the streets to rally in support of the city of Kobane which was besieged by ISIS.

The rally soon developed into attacks on the members of conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) by the youth arm of the outlawed PKK.

Speaking on Mother’s Day, Hatice Boru said that she will never forgive Demirtas who she said “incites hate and violence amongst people.”

“I know Yasin will never come back. I call the government to take aim at this matter and those responsible should be punished. I want them to be punished as a Mother's Day present,” said Boru.

Yasin Boru, 19, Hakan Gokgoz, 26, Riyat Gunes, 28, and Huseyin Dakak, 19, were killed on the fourth day of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) on Oct. 7 in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir while distributing food packages that were assigned by an association for aid purposes.

The victims were gruesomely attacked with knives and guns by the protesters and took shelter in an apartment building where they were brutally killed.

Hugging her son’s last Mother’s Day present, Boru said she feels very lonely, and asked Demirtas, “How can you call yourself a religious man while you were behind the killing of Yasin?”

The bodies of victims were hardly recognised by their families because of the injuries they had sustained.

Hatice Boru said on Oct. 15 that she could identify her son only from a mole on his foot and the shirt he was wearing.

“The slaughterers tried to encircle the four of them in a street but they ran to take shelter in an apartment,” she said.

However, people in the flat drew attention to the four youths and told their attackers  that pro-ISIS people were there, according to Hatice Boru.

“The slaughterers shot the three friends and then threw their down from the third floor but, not satisfied with that, they then burned, beat and slashed the bodies.”

Yasin’s father Fikri Boru accused the killers of using the siege of Kobane by ISIS as a pretext.

“Their real aim was to create chaos in Turkey, wanting to turn Turkey into a Kobane,” he said.

Thirty-four suspects were accused in the investigation into the murder of Yasin and his friends, and the indictment demanding life imprisonment for the murders was accepted on March 26.

TRTWorld and agencies