Leyla Güven: AKP is facing collapse

"It's not just about the municipalities, it's about the collapse of the AKP/MHP coalition," said HDP MP Leyla Güven at a protest against the dismissal of Kurdish mayors in Amed.

The Democracy Vigil held near the city hall in Amed (Diyarbakir) has continued for 24 days. The action is protesting the dismissal of HDP mayors of Amed, Wan and Mardin. The police cordoned off the rally site in advance with barriers and stationed armored vehicles in the area.

Despite the police blockade, many people came to the scene of the protest where dismissed co-Mayor Selçuk Mızraklı was received with applause. HDP MP Feleknas Uca reported in a speech from her trip to southern Kurdistan with party leader Sezai Temelli and other deputies.

Her group colleague Leyla Güven, who is also co-chair of the Democratic society Congress (DTK), said in a speech: "The fight against the trustees coup goes on despite all the obstacles. It's not just about municipalities, it's about the collapse of the AKP/MHP coalition. A fake protest has been taking place in front of the HDP headquarters. As we have heard today, two of the mothers involved apologized and left. This country has experienced a lot, but still no dignified peace. However, we will win and our mayors will return to office."

The protests continue in Van and Mardin as well.