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The Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is set to meet with non-governmental organizations, opinion leaders and locals during its Democracy March to the capital Ankara.

Party members are set to begin two marches from the western province of Edirne and the southeastern province of Hakkari on June 15 in a bid to protest the stripping of its two deputies of their parliamentary statuses.

Lawmakers Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları, as well as main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Enis Berberoğlu, lost their parliamentary statuses and were arrested a couple of hours later. While Berberoğlu was released as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) measures, HDP deputies remain imprisoned.

Following the incident, the HDP’s Central Executive Board (MYK) convened and decided to kick off a “March for democracy against the coup,” which is expected to end on June 20 in Ankara.

During the march, the party also aims to talk about its document on a “joint struggle” that it announced on June 1.

In addition to the meetings to be held in the cities on the course of the march, the HDP will also carry out works in the Black Sea provinces and the border province of Hatay.

The party also criticized CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s remarks on not finding a march appropriate “since it may lead to tensions,” saying that the HDP is not after inciting tensions.