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World Turkey. Erdogan toughens crackdown on pro-Kurdish party

11:30  28 september  2020
11:30  28 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The pro - Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has played a deciding role in a number of recent elections. In the local elections of March 2019, it lived up to its kingmaker reputation by using a tactic that led to major losses for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development

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Des manifestants protestent contre l’arrestation de cadres du HDP, vendredi 25 septembre, à Istanbul. © Murad Sezer, Reuters Demonstrators protest against the arrest of HDP executives on Friday September 25 in Istanbul.

A wave of arrests has targeted officials of the HDP, a pro-Kurdish party opposed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the prospect of early presidential elections looms.

It’s a blow to the opposition in Turkey . Eighty-two officials of the pro-Kurdish HDP party were targeted in a wave of arrests on Friday, September 25.

They are accused of having called on their supporters, in October 2014, to take to the streets in solidarity with Kobane, a Kurdish town in Syria, near the Turkish border, which was facing a violent state offensive. Islamic. Several days of riots and clashes with law enforcement and between opposing camps had left 37 dead in Turkey.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken his condemnation of the nation’s second-biggest opposition party to a new level, accusing it of new, non-stop criminal Photographer: Yasin Akgul/AFP via Getty Images. Politics. Turkey ’s Erdogan Accuses Pro - Kurdish Party of Criminal Activity.

Ankara has been cracking down on protesters supporting the Kurdish minority in the country. Turkey ’s president has welcomed a criminal probe into the leaders of the pro - Kurdish HDP opposition over their "The statements of the HDP leaders are constitutional crimes,” Erdogan told reporters in

"They are trying to get the HDP out of the equation"

These arrests weaken the pro-Kurdish party, of which a significant number of activists and cadres were already behind bars. The government coalition is running out of steam. Early presidential elections are very likely to be called, but all the polls are against them. To hope to win, they are trying to get the HDP out of the equation, "said Hüda Kaya, MP for the party.

This wave of arrests could lead to the prohibition of the HDP, an essential cog in the bloc which took the main cities of Turkey from President Erdogan during the municipal elections of 2019.

The main opposition parties, anxious not to alienating the voices of the nationalists, protested softly against these arrests. But they must understand that the attacks on power are not directed only against the HDP, but against Turkish democracy as a whole. When power gets rid of us, it will be their turn , warns the deputy.

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