Local media reports that special operations forces and commandos were reinforced with helicopters and tanks. He said “because of the balance that HDP provides to the ship”, it does not capsize or sink, despite attacks and crises it faces.
Authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew on Silvan, where two soldiers were shot dead by suspected PKK militants on Thursday as they left for work.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Turkey.
The government, for its part, claims to have killed more than a thousand rebels – figures that have been treated with scepticism in the independent media.
At the beginning of the rally, a so-called anthem titled “Hey Enemy” was allegedly played, which includes phrases praising the PKK terrorist organization; the crowd at the rally also reportedly sang the anthem along with her.
Meanwhile in Istanbul, police detained 44 people, including district officials of the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP), which the government accuses of being a front for the PKK – a charge denied by the party’s leadership.
Turkey’s crackdown on the PKK began in July after a 2 1/2-year-old ceasefire collapsed and has escalated ahead of a snap national election on November 1.
The petition alleged that Kisanak had attended a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in southeastern Diyarbakir province’s Yenisehir district on the sidelines of the global Women’s Day on March 8 in HDP’s official election vehicle along with a group of 400 people.