Holding the party’s parliamentary group meeting at a park in Diyarbakir on Tuesday, the HDP deputies launched the nationwide protests under the slogan, “We will not stop struggling. Let’s say stop, let’s stop fascism.”
Speaking during a press conference at Ekin Ceren Park, HDP spokesperson Osman Baydemir said: “Turkey has turned into an open prison. A Karbala [battle] is being waged on the HDP. If you are dedicated to being Yazid, Hitler or Franco, we are ready to be Ali, Qazi Muhammad, Seyit Riza and Mazlum Dogan.”
Underlining that the HDP is the second largest opposition party in Turkey with the support of more than 6.5 million people, Baydemir said, “The will of 6.5 million people cannot be restrained.”
“The right to vote and stand for election cannot be put in ‘prison.’ [HDP] mayors, who the people elected, cannot be replaced with government-appointed trustees. We salute all those elected [and now jailed HDP] politicians. We will not feel free until they are set free.”
Meanwhile, police set up barricades in front of the park where the HDP deputies had gathered and prevented people from joining the protest.
Demirtas, along with HDP Co-chair Figen Yuksekdag and seven other HDP politicians, were detained on Nov. 4, 2016 and ultimately arrested on charges of terrorism.
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