Fam­i­lies’ protests against PKK to con­tinue around the clock

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Daily Sabah Politics - IS­TAN­BUL / DAILY SABAH WITH AA

KUR­DISH fam­i­lies who are staging a sit-in protest against the PKK for the ab­duc­tion of their chil­dren have de­cided on Sun­day night to re­sume their protest for 24 hours, ev­ery day of the week.

Con­tin­u­ing their protest for more than a year out­side the pro-PKK Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (HDP) head­quar­ters in south­east­ern Di­yarbakır, the fam­i­lies have de­cided to lengthen the time pe­riod of their demon­stra­tions in or­der to fas­ten the re­turn of their chil­dren kid­napped by the ter­ror­ist group.

“We will be on guard duty for 24 hours from now on,” said Cen­net Kabaklı, who is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the protests for her son Adil, kid­napped by the PKK five years ago.

De­mand­ing her son back from PKK and HDP, Kabaklı said that she would not leave the spot un­til Adil’s re­turn.

“We lost our hearts to them. And (PKK sym­pa­thiz­ers) are still in­side those head­quar­ters, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic at full vol­ume, en­joy­ing them­selves while hurt­ing us,” the sor­row­ful mother said.

A large protest among Kur­dish fam­i­lies started when Hacire Akar turned up at the doorstep of the HDP of­fice one night af­ter her son was ab­ducted by the PKK. A week later, on Sept. 3, 2019, fam­i­lies in­spired by Akar trans­formed her solo stance into a col­lec­tive sit-in protest.

Cur­rently, nearly 150 fam­i­lies have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sit-in, re­sult­ing in nearly 20 hav­ing man­aged to re­unite with their kid­napped chil­dren.

At­tend­ing the protests for his son Tun­cay who was ab­ducted six years ago when he was only 14, Şevek Bingöl also un­der­lined that their only aim was to de­mand their chil­dren back from the

HDP and the PKK. Bingöl stated that the ter­ror­ist group’s sym­pa­thiz­ers had been try­ing to pro­voke them through their mu­sic and var­i­ous ac­tions.

“As long as we are alive, we will con­tinue to protest un­til we get back with our chil­dren,” he said, em­pha­siz­ing the de­ter­mi­na­tion to pur­sue protest for day and night.

The HDP is known for hav­ing links to the PKK. The protest­ing moth­ers state that the party is re­spon­si­ble for kid­nap­ping or trick­ing their chil­dren into join­ing the ter­ror­ist group. The party, long fac­ing pub­lic re­ac­tion and ju­di­cial probes over its ties to the PKK, is un­der pres­sure from this grow­ing civil­ian protest move­ment.

Var­i­ous groups from around Turkey have sup­ported the Kur­dish moth­ers in their cause, with many pay­ing vis­its to show their sup­port.

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