Karay­i­lan: Er­do­gan should prove his al­le­ga­tions

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Mu­rat Karay­i­lan, the act­ing leader of the PKK, said Prime Min­is­ter Er­doğan should prove his al­le­ga­tions about the Lice events. He said the events have noth­ing to do with drugs at all, and that ev­ery­body knows that most of Turkey’s drug deal­ers ei­ther work in the govern­ment or with its sup­port.

“We can prove that the events have noth­ing to do with drugs. Can Er­doğan prove his al­le­ga­tions,” he noted.

The Union of Kur­dis­tan Com­mu­ni­ties (KCK), a sis­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion of the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK), said in a state­ment: “With its in­creas­ing at­tacks, the stance of the Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP) govern­ment is sow­ing doubt and dis­trust.”

The un­rest in Lice be­gan when about 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, marched on a gen­darmerie post un­der con­struc­tion in the vil­lage of Kay­acik and de­manded that it be dis­man­tled on the spot. Govern­ment of­fi­cials in­sisted that the in­ci­dent was or­ches­trated by lo­cal drug barons fear­ful that their busi­ness will be un­der­mined by the peace ini­tia­tive. The Di- yarbakir governorate claimed in a state­ment that the vil­lagers had at­tacked the gen­darmerie post with sticks, stones and Molo­tov cock­tails.

Tahir Elci, the chair­man of the Di­yarbakir Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, dis­missed the vil­lagers’ al­leged drug links as “pure fan­tasy.” “While the crowd may well have en­gaged in “un­ruly be­hav­ior,” foren­sic re­ports proved that “se­cu­rity forces opened fire not to dis­perse but to kill,” said Elci. “All of which is un­der­min­ing peo­ple’s trust in the peace process,” he con­cluded.

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