Karayilan: Erdogan should prove his allegations
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.