Pro-Kurdish MP detained in Turkish parliament for days | News from the Kurds
HDP lawmaker Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu had stayed in parliament for four nights to protest the withdrawal of his parliamentary status.
Turkish police arrested pro-Kurdish lawmaker Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu from his party’s seat in parliament, where he had stayed four nights to protest the withdrawal of his parliamentary status in a separate case.
The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) said Gergerlioglu was in pajamas and slippers when police seized him early Sunday just before his morning prayers in Ankara, and released a video and court document detailing the latest charges. against the party.
Turkey’s third-largest party faced a multi-year crackdown that culminated on Wednesday when a high-ranking prosecutor decided to shut it down over alleged links to Kurdish fighters – a charge the HDP denies as a “coup of political state ”.
Hours before this decision, parliament stripped Gergerlioglu, a human rights activist, of his parliamentary status and associated protections following a previous conviction for spreading “terrorist propaganda” by sharing a report link on Twitter .
He intended to remain locked in the offices of the HDP parliament. But the police seized him, according to the court document, in order to obtain a statement relating to a new investigation opened into alleged chants heard Wednesday during the move of the party members of the General Assembly to the headquarters of the HDP.
The song “Long live the leader Apo” was heard, according to the document – an apparent reference to the founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned since 1999. The PKK is considered a “terrorist” group by the Turkey and the United States. and the European Union.
As part of the new investigation, police determined that Gergerlioglu “was still acting like a deputy” and that he had not unlawfully left a state building, according to the document.
Turkey’s Western allies have condemned the decision to shut down the HDP, while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) party, which has a parliamentary majority with nationalists, has defended.
Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul on Saturday to support the HDP.