Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP cancels ‘Peace March’

Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party cancels ‘Peace March’ following objections from Istanbul governorate citing security reasons

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced on Saturday the cancellation of a protest rally dubbed “Peace March” which was to be held in Istanbul on Sunday, following a warning by the city’s governor's’ office citing public security concerns.

Earlier this week Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chair of HDP, called people to take to the streets for the “Peace March” against ISIS over the Suruc suicide bombing in which 32 people were killed by an alleged affiliate of ISIS on Monday.

Istanbul’s governorate had warned people not to participate in the march in order to prevent possible provocations.

Issuing a statement on its official website on Saturday, the governorate said that due to the recent terror acts across the country, the march application would not be accepted to ensure public security and to prevent any provocative action.

HDP decided on cancelling the march after the statement was released.  

On October 2014, HDP leader Demirtas invited his supporters to protest on the streets in support for the city Kobani which was being besieged by ISIS.

The rallies turned violent as the leftist Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), which is known for being the youth arm of the outlawed PKK, attacked the members of the conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par).

More than 40 people were brutally killed in the incident now known as Oct. 6-7 events.

Public security concerns were recently exacerbated after the outlawed YDG-H called for an “uprising” on their Twitter account after airstrikes were carried out by Turkish fighter jets hitting ISIS and PKK targets in Syria and northern Iraq on Friday.

“From tomorrow on, we call all of our security forces to take action against the fascist and killer mentality,” the YDG-H’s statement read.

The Twitter account of the YDG-H alongside other websites supported by the PKK were banned by Turkish officials on Friday.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that since June 7 the PKK conducted a total of 281 violent acts including 121 armed attacks, 12 kidnapping and 17 hijackings.

Additionally,the PKK murdered 3 police officers and 2 soldiers after in the same period, Turkish authorities announced.  

Turkey, as a member of NATO, lists the PKK as a terrorist organisation and acts in accordance with the agreement it has with NATO and its alliance.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that “Turkey works together with the US and NATO in the fight against terrorism.”

TRTWorld and agencies