Peoples Democratic Party
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu sent congratulatory messages to HDP co-chairs Mithat Sancar and Pervin Buldan on the party's eighth foundation anniversary. "I underline once again that we will never give up on building peace and fraternity," İmamoğlu said.
Some 2,500 academics worldwide, including famed international scholars Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Silvia Federici, Etienne Balibar and Enzo Traverso, have signed a petition for Turkey to release Cihan Erdal, a PhD candidate and researcher at Carleton University in Canada and an LGBT activist, who was detained in Istanbul on Sept. 25.
Jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş, who considers himself a political hostage of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has voiced his support for a democratic block to be established in opposition to the government. “I'm not a prisoner, I'm a political hostage. I clearly know that Erdoğan fears me, that is why he keeps me here," Demirtaş said.
Ayhan Bilgen has criticized the HDP over various issues and called for a change within the party. "The only option is to lean towards change that would solve its internal problems, rebuild itself, abandoning the routine way of doing politics and to seek a way that would render prejudices useless and break the routine," Bilgen said. "Determining candidates with nepotism would make the party rot and make it vulnerable to interventions," he added.
A committee from Sweden's Left Party was barred from visiting former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş. Left Party Chairman Jonas Sjöstedt said that the HDP co-chair was critical to solving Turkey's problems, adding that they think "that Erdoğan's fear of Demirtaş was the reason for his imprisonment."
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has called on the government to set up a civilian commission to investigate 2014 Kobane protests. "A lot of people were killed brutally. What really happened?" Sancar said in an interview on Oct. 5, while also pointing to then-Interior Minister Efkan Ala's statements on "dark forces" within security forces. "Who are these forces within the security forces?" Sancar asked.
The lawyer of Hacı Lokman Birlik, who was shot by soldiers and dragged until he died behind an armored vehicle in the southeastern province of Şırnak in 2015, has taken the case to the Constitutional Court. "Since no investigation was launched into the shooting of Birlik, the crime scene was not investigated, evidence was not collected, witness testimonies were not taken, the weapons used were not looked into and the testimonies of the security forces were not taken," Birlik's lawyer told Duvar.
The HDP on Oct. 1 staged a sit-in in front of parliament to criticize the government's crackdown on their party. Earlier HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar made a press statement in parliament's garden, saying that the government's aim is politics and Turkey without the HDP. A number of CHP deputies visited the sit-in protest to show solidarity.
Police have prevented HDP deputies from offering their condolences to the family of a Kurdish man who died after being thrown from a military helicopter while under detention. Police arrived at the site as HDP deputy Hüda Kaya was making a speech and told mourners that they need to disperse because of the pandemic measures. Officers also said that they will start detaining people if they continue with the ceremony.
Turkey's crackdown on the HDP continued on Oct. 1, with police detaining the co-mayor of the eastern province of Kars, as well as party members. The detentions came after Kars Co-Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, who was detained in the operation on Sept. 25, said on Sept. 30 that he will resign and that five parties in the city's municipal council can form a new administration.
Kars Co-Mayor Ayhan Bilgen has said that he will resign from his post. "Whether you arrest or release me, I'll resign from my post if no trustees are appointed until my detention period ends. Kars is competent enough to govern itself. I can't let the will of a city to be played with through arbitrary detentions," Bilgen said.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Group Deputy Chair Saruhan Oluç said that the government was trying to create "a Turkey without the HDP" with its mass detentions. Dozens of HDP members were detained last week in relation to the 2014 Kobane protests.
Deputies and officials of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) protested the detention of dozens of members last week, on charges related to the October 2014 Kobane protests. The HDP members are accused of inciting violence in the events that lead to the deaths of 37 people, as members of Turkish Hizbullah also took to the streets.
Kurdish singer Cesim Başboğa said that he was threatened by gendarmerie officials and MİT members to not sing in Kurdish in Bitlis' Tatvan district. According to Başboğa, a MİT official "banned" him to sing in Kurdish, saying, "I'm warning you for the last time. You'll be in trouble in the smallest mistake."
Turkish police have denied that three HDP politicians, including Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, were hospitalized over food poisoning while under detention. According to the police statement that was released after the HDP's claims on the issue, Bilgen was taken to a hospital over an infection in his body. Deputy Hüseyin Kaçmaz earlier on Sept. 28 said that Bilgen, İsmail Şengün and Can Memiş were taken to a hospital over food poisoning.