Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party calls for mass rally over Suruc

Co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas calls for a mass rally in Istanbul against the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) after Suruc incident

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has called people for a mass rally in Istanbul on Sunday against ISIS over the Suruc incident in which 32 people were killed.

“We shall organise an international ‘peace rally’ against ISIS in Istanbul” Demirtas said at his party’s board meeting on Tuesday.

The ‘peace rally’ is organised by Peace Blog, consisting of different civil society organisations, women organisations, political parties, labor and profession groups.

The rally is planned to begin on July 26 from the front of Turkish National Television (TRT) building in Sishane to Aksaray district of Istanbul at 16:00 (GTM)

32 people were killed on Monday when the massive explosion hit the garden of the Amara Culture Centre where members of the far-left pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting in Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

The suicide bombing suspect is confirmed to have links to ISIS on Wednesday, after he was identified with DNA test.

ISIS is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO and EU.

Previously on October 2014, Demirtas called his party’s supporters to the streets to rally in support of the city Kobane which was besieged by ISIS.

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

The call resulted in the events of Oct. 6-7 which caused attacks on the members of Huda-Par by the youth arm of the outlawed PKK.
During the events, more than 40 people related to Huda-Par were brutally killed.

TRTWorld and agencies