Former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş warned former prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman that his close relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan didn't mean he wouldn't be facing prosecution in the future. Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman visited the president immediately after his wedding and accepted gifts.
Former HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s wife quits teaching job as COVID-19 prison visitation schedule hinders work
Wife of former of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, Başak Demirtaş has announced that she quit her job as a teacher two weeks ago. Noting the difficulty of scheduling visits to her husband in Edirne Prison, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Demirtaş said that she couldn't have performed well at work under these circumstances.
Davutoğlu says he is open for dialogue with Demirtaş following his call for unity among opposition parties
Opposition politicians have continued to respond to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's remarks on unity among the opposition, with Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu leaving the door open for dialogue. "In principle, I find it appropriate to talk to anyone who believes in democracy and who distanced themselves from terror for the future of this country," Davutoğlu told daily Sözcü on Sept. 15.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's lawyer Hasan Tahsin Kaya died of a heart attack at the age of 43 in the western province of Edirne. HDP Edirne provincial head Beşir Belke said that Kaya had been a lawyer of Demirtaş since 2018 and was visiting the former co-chair once every two weeks in the Edirne Prison.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin has said in a letter that neither Turkish nor Kurdish identity is something to brag about. "If you are to hang an identity around your neck, let it just read 'only human,'" read Demirtaş's letter, which was shared by his wife Başak Demirtaş.
Lawyers of former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş have filed for their client's release, citing a recent Constitutional Court ruling. "We ask you to end his imprisonment that violates his rights to freedom an security," the lawyers said.
Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) began its Democracy March on June 15 under heavy police presence and detentions. At least 10 people were detained in Istanbul's Silivri when police dispersed HDP members heading to Edirne for the march. Tear gas and rubber bullets were also used.
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.
The administration of the Edirne Prison has censored letters sent by former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, his wife Başak Demirtaş said in a tweet, while also sharing pictures of the censored letters. "What's next?" she asked the justice ministry.
Store owners in Western Turkey bazaar hold WhatsApp vote to re-open stores despite COVID-19 closures
The shop owners of the historical Alipaşa Bazaar in the western province of Edirne held a vote on chatting application WhatsApp, and ruled in favor of re-opening their stores ahead of Ramadan. As the bazaar had been closed late March to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Edirne Governor's Office shut down the shops within one day.
The 152 Turkish citizens who went under quarantine in Greece were transported back to Turkey. The 152 citizens were placed under quarantine for 14 days when crew and passengers of their cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19. The group will be held under quarantine for another 14 days.
Jailed HDP former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's wife Başak Demirtaş has cited concerns about jail conditions that could augment the spread of the coronavirus and called on authorities to release prisoners. Demirtaş's remarks came amid reports that the gov't will expedite a legal amendment to reduce the time served by inmates to facilitate their early release. However, the legal amendment will exclude political prisoners.
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) will be applying to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of migrants who were exposed to violence by Greek forces, TBB Chair Metin Feyzioğlu said March 11. Feyzioğlu visited the encampment near the Pazarkule Border Gate with a committee, where he said they collected evidence of maltreatment by Greece.
One person was killed and five others were wounded when Greek police opened fire on migrants on the Turkish border. Speaking about the incident, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu said that the scene is a disgrace. "We asked the [Edirne] Governor's Office whether they distributed tents to people sleeping in the cold. They said, 'No.' People are in miserable conditions," he said.
The European Parliament's former Turkey rapporteur, Kati Piri, has said in a statement on Twitter that the European Union failed to uphold its end of the 2016 migrant deal with Turkey after several EU countries have criticized Ankara's recent move to ease border restrictions.