Opposition co-chairman confirms brother fighting for PKK

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas confirms accusations that his brother fighting alongside outlawed PKK

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas clarified the long speculated allegations that his brother is a member of the outlawed PKK and said his brother, Nurettin Demirtas is fighting with the PKK, on a live broadcast.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan had called Demirtas on May 13 to answer if his brother was a member of the PKK.

“They ask me for my brother. I answer if they really wonder: He fights against ISIS to protect human dignity,”  Demirtas said , referring to the ongoing battles between the PKK-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) militants and ISIS group.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US, NATO and the EU, and that the conflict between the PKK and Turkey has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people over three decades.

In two separate interviews in 2014 and in April,  Demirtas had said his brother was not able to finish his university education in business administration and lives in Arbil in Iraq, but did not provide details.

“You ordered your supporters to take it to the streets during the Kobane events, and then tens of people passed away. Do you have any sense of shame,” Akdogan asked Demirtas in his speech.

In September of 2014, PYD and ISIS had battled over Kobane in northern Syria, and Demirtas had called on nationwide rally in solidarity with Kobane.

The call had led to tragic incidents in southeastern Turkey where  the conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) members were attacked by the youth arm of the PKK, leading to killing of roughly 50 people.

During the events which are publicly known as “Events of Oct. 6-7,” four young men -Yasin Boru, 19, Hakan Gokgoz, 26, Riyat Gunes, 28, and Huseyin Dakak, 19- who were doing charity work in Diyarbakir were murdered in brutal attacks.


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