Racist attack on HDP member in western Turkey

HDP member Sabır Söyü was attacked by racist Turks for speaking Kurdish in the western province of Manisa.

Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reports that Sabır Söyü, a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) living in Şehzadeler district of Manisa, in western Turkey, was attacked by two unidentified persons while on his way from work at factory back to home.

Speaking to MA, Söyü told the following as to how the attack happed; “I work at a factory. I got off the bus at around 5 p.m. I was talking to a friend on the phone as I walked on the way back home. After I entered an off street, two persons approached me and shouted ‘What are you talking about?’ They asked this because I was speaking Kurdish on the phone. I asked them what happened, saying that I didn’t understand what the problem was. They said me ‘Speak Turkish, we don’t understand you’.  They swore at me and said ‘You will either say ‘how happy is the one who says i'm a Turk’, or leave’. Then they battered me. I have marks of battery on my body. I went to hospital and got a report. Tomorrow I will go to the police station and file a complaint.”