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TURKEY’S opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has appealed for international solidarity and action in the face of renewed attacks, including a threat made by a police officer to kill one of its MPs.
It comes after an exchange outside the party headquarters in the Turkish capital Ankara when a police officer threatened HDP women’s commission chair Ayse Acar Basaran, saying: “I’ll nail you to the wall.”
Protesters were allegedly mobilised by the government to gather outside the HDP offices and lay a black wreath there, claiming that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had kidnapped their children.
Similar demonstrations have been held at other HDP offices in a bid to link the party with the banned Kurdish resistance group.
Police blockaded the party headquarters and later tried to enter the building and break down the doors, firing pepper spray at HDP officials gathered there in protest at their actions.
“This organised attack is part of a long campaign aimed at silencing and completely eliminating the HDP,” an HDP statement said.
It said it “will not bow to the government’s sheer unlawfulness and continue to grow our struggle for democracy, freedom and peace.”
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