HDP MP Öcalan: You cannot make this people step back

Protests continue on the 13th day in Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van against the AKP regime’s seizure of the three metropolitan municipalities by removing the elected mayors and appointing trustees in their place.

HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) deputies, co-mayors and administrators joined the resistance vigil held in Mardin city center today. Police continued to obstruct the crowd for 1,5 hours before the press statement.

The press statement was made by HDP Urfa MP Ömer Öcalan who said the following; “The country will go through very challenging times due to the wrong steps taken by the government today. Just like there is a regret over the human rights violations committed during the 90’s, the government will be responsible and regret what is being done today. You cannot maket his people take a single step back through repression and intimidation. The representatives of this people are here. We will always continue to voice our democratic demands on democratic grounds.”

HDP MP Öcalan said they would voice thier demands in Kızıltepe on 1 September World Peace Day and called on the people to fill the squares.

Following the action, the group marched to HDP Mardin headquarters and concluded the protest with slogans.