Anti-Kurd attacks a step to civil war. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An official from the People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) has accused Turkey on Tuesday of waging a war against the Kurds, claiming that 128 of the pro-Kurdish party's buildings were attacked Monday.
HDP Co-chair Figen Yuksekdag said in a press conference Tuesday that the Kurds have been subject to harassment and attacks have been carried out on Kurdish political party buildings, homes and vehicles by groups across Turkey.
Yuksekdag said "facist" groups killed a worker on Monday for speaking Kurdish and Turkish police did not intervene.
Yuksekdag said the recent attacks are a dangerous step toward civil war.
In Turkey’s Niğde province, in the southern part of Central Anatolia, a group of nearly 500 protesters attacked the HDP provincial branch in the city of Nigde building with stones, according to Today’s Zaman news agency.
Similar attacks were staged in the Manavgat, Antalya, Mersin, Sakarya, Çorlu and Kayseri provinces, with protesters throwing rocks at the party’s local headquarters and hanging Turkish flags on the buildings.
Tensions also ran high in the Beypazarı district of Ankara on Monday night. A group of some 200 people who marched in the district to protest the PKK were pelted with rocks as they passed through the Zafer neighborhood where Kurdish seasonal workers reside, the news agency reported.
There were several injuries sustained in the incidents, according to police.
During the recent clashes between the PKK and Turkish Army, 100 civilians were reportedly killed during four days of heavy attacks.