Turkish police on Sept. 25 detained some 20 HDP members, including Kars Co-Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, over 2014 violent protests against the siege by ISIS of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane. Detention warrants were issued for a total of 82 people in seven provinces. Those sought were in the MYK of the party at the time of the protests.
An Ankara court has ruled for the continuation of imprisonment of former HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ on charges related to 2014 Kobane riots. The Kobane investigation was launched in 2014 and reopened in 2019, and has failed to produce an indictment for Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ since. Lawyer Levent Kanat has said that new charges were brought against the politicians over the same incident to make sure that they remain in prison.
Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman who has been slammed for delaying writing the indictment into former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş visited President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the presidential palace after his wedding. Kocaman has been staunchly against releasing Demirtaş, who was jailed on Nov. 4, 2016 on charges related to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Gov’t ignored millions of voters’ wills via sacking 47 mayors in one year, HDP says in report on trustees
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has prepared a report on trustees, saying that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ignored the votes of millions of people via sacking 47 mayors in the past year. Speaking at the press conference organized to reveal the report, HDP deputy Garo Paylan said that the government wants to prevent the party from getting stronger. "Erdoğan is a putschist," Paylan said.
Judge votes against pre-trial detention of former HDP co-chair Yüksekdağ, says decision has no legal benefit
An Ankara court on July 14 ruled that former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ will remain in prison pending trial. However, one of the judges in the court board expressed a dissenting opinion saying that as there is no “flight risk” or a risk of “tampering with evidence,” the continued imprisonment of Yüksekdağ has no legal benefit.
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.
Filiz Gazi reports: A recent law, which passed in the parliament on April 14 supposedly for preventing the spread of coronavirus in prisons, is unconstitutional according to main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy İbrahim Kaboğlu, who also chairs the Constitutional Law Research Association. "Laws that grant amnesty are supposed to apply to political prisoners, while this law effectively does the opposite, and frees many of those guilty of standard criminal offenses," Kaboğlu says.
For a long time, the HDP has been criticized for not being able to switch from its defensive position to an offensive one, and for not being able to generate effective policies. The change in the party assembly has instilled hope for those criticizing the HDP. If certain names who are liked and trusted at the grassroots are assigned to the party’s decision-making mechanism, the Central Executive Board, it means this enthusiasm will not end in disappointment.
The HDP has renewed 80 percent of its party assembly during its fourth congress in the capital Ankara on Feb. 23. The reshuffle stemmed from the party's strict two-term rule, which led to former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been in jail since Nov. 4, 2016 to be left out as well. The new party assembly also included 12 lawmakers, including Meral Danış Beştaş, Garo Paylan, Feleknas Uca and Filiz Kerestecioğlu.
HDP has elected Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar as its co-chairs in a congress held in the capital Ankara. "This country is ours. We will govern it" and "Grand politics, grand hope, grand change" were the slogans of the congress. "Freedom" and "Peace" were written on the walls of the hall in different languages. Messages from the party's former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ were read in the congress.