Fifth day of protest by HDP MPs in Amed

HDP MPs gathered for the fifth day against the usurpation of the Amed municipality.

HDP Group Spokesperson Saruhan Oluç and deputies Garo Paylan, Meral Danış Beştaş, Hişyar Özsoy, Remziye Tosun, Semra Güzel and Musa Farisoğulları gathered in front of the metropolitan municipality today.

The HDP group, demonstrating since August 19 when AKP seized Amed, Mardin and Van municipalities, is expected to make a press statement today.

On Thursday, HDP MPs gathered for the third time and launched another sit-in against the usurpation of the Amed municipality. Citizens who wanted to cross the barricades and support the protest were stopped. They were held by the police in backstreets and supported the sit-in with their chants.

The police blockade around the municipality continues on the fifth day.

The police attacked Wednesday’s protests harshly and battered several civilians, HDP MPs and journalists. Over 10 people were detained.

HDP’s Amed, Mardin and Van municipalities had been raided by regime forces on August 19 and mayors removed from office to be replaced by trustees. In parallel operations, over 400 people had been detained.