Protest in Van against the seizure of municipality

Van, Mardin and Amed continue to protest against the dismissal of the elected mayors.

On August 19, the AKP/MHP regime seized the metropolitan municipalities of Amed (Diyarbakır), Mardin and Van which had been won by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with majority of the vote in March 31 local elections. In all three cities protests against the political coup have continued since.

During today’s protest in Van, HDP MP Kemal Bülbül sharply criticized the visit of Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu to Amed. Bülbül noted that Soylu had traveled to Amed to participate in the protest staged by the Turkish intelligence agency MIT in front of the local HDP headquarters. He stressed that; “Soylu did not become a minister to sit in front of the HDP headquarters, but to solve problems. The mothers in front of the HDP building who are looking for their children are instrumentalized by the government.”

Bülbül appealed to the Minister of the Interior: "Go to Qandil and sit down there. The children of these women are not in Amed, but in Qandil. Politics is not done with your methods."