Turkey's main opposition CHP has said that June 22 will go down in history as a "pitch-dark" one for Turkish democracy and judiciary after sixty bar association heads were not let in Ankara to complete their Defense March. Police officers were on caught camera battering and dragging some of the senior lawyers during a scuffle.
The pro-Kurdish HDP has said that the government's "fascist acts" will not stop the party's Democracy March. “You will not be able to stop the HDP's march in any way, under no circumstances. We are the assurance of peace, democracy and freedoms in this country," HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan said on June 19, as the party's convoy stopped at Istanbul's Sultanbeyli district.
Footage of the detentions of five individuals detained at pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) press conference in Istanbul reveal shouts from the civilians begging the police to stop pressing on their backs and telling them that their chest hurts. The images of police pressing on the detainee's backs is reminiscent of the recent police killing of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd, remembered with his words "I can't breathe!"
Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has said that its Democracy March is a call to all powers seeking freedom. "This great will and belief will definitely reach its aim. We saw this great power everywhere," HDK co-spokesperson Sedat Şenoğlu said upon the march's arrival at the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
DEVA, one of Turkey's newest opposition parties, has said that the government is trampling on the HDP's constitutional rights by attempting to prevent its Democracy March from taking place. “According to the Constitutional Court laws, it is not possible for a demonstration march to be banned just because the opinions and ideas it favors is not embraced by the majority or the ruling party or leads to a discomfort in them,” DEVA's Mustafa Yeneroğlu said in a written statement on June 16.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Pervin Buldan has deemed stripping deputies of their parliamentary statuses and sacking mayors from the HDP "a political coup." "This country has been struggling against coups for many years. Millions have stood against the coups. However, what the AKP does is a political coup. It's seizing people's wills," Buldan said.
The Istanbul governor's office on June 15 banned all demonstrations and protests in the province for two weeks, citing the fight against the novel coronavirus. The ban came after the HDP launched its two-track Democracy March to the capital Ankara, one from the northwestern province of Edirne and the other from the southeastern province of Hakkari.
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. The party will also talk about its document on a "joint struggle" that it announced on June 1.