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Hours after the PM’s thanks, 3 HDP offices were attacked

By Rudaw 16/7/2016
“Those who waged the coup attempted to target MPs who are elected by the people, this is a catastrophic event.” said co-chair of HDP, Selahattin Demirtas. Photo: Official
“Those who waged the coup attempted to target MPs who are elected by the people, this is a catastrophic event.” said co-chair of HDP, Selahattin Demirtas. Photo: Official

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim thanked the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) who condemned an attempted coup to overthrow the existing Turkish government. Just a few hours later, simultaneous attacks were carried out on three HDP offices.

 

“I am thanking the presidents of all Turkish political parties, especially HDP who condemned the coup,” said Yildirim at an extraordinary session in the damaged Turkish parliament on Saturday.

 

“I am proud of the Turkish nationals who took to streets and altogether said no to the coup,” Yildirim added.

 

Within a few hours of the Yildirim’s conciliatory gesture, attacks were carried out on HDP offices in three separate locations: Osmaniye, Malatya, and Iskenderun, a local official confirmed to Rudaw.

 

Friday night’s attempted coup was the first attack on the parliament in the history of Turkey and the prime minister vowed, “Those who staged the coup will not get away with it. They will be punished.”

 

In a statement made earlier in the day, co-chair of HDP, Selahattin Demirtas condemned the coup. “We have been against coups throughout history, and if today such things happen, we will stand against it,” he said. “I emphasize that coups have never supported or endorsed democracy in Turkey.”
 
Demirtas also condemned the attack on the Turkish parliament building, saying “those who waged the coup attempted to target MPs who are elected by the people, this is a catastrophic event.”
 
“Although opposition parties within the parliament have been largely charged with outrageous accusations, yet, in response to such coups, the opposition parties have altogether condemned it, in order to help develop democracy in the country,” Demirtas continued. “Our stance is and was clear, today we stand against this coup, and such an attempted coup has no place in the policies of our party.”

 

Turkish lawmakers met in a rare show of political unity in the wake of an attempted military coup against the government and held an emergency session in Ankara, while hundreds of pro-government demonstrators gathered outside the parliament to protest the failed coup.

 

In an historical night, a faction within the Turkish military staged a coup in Ankara and Istanbul Friday night and they briefly controlled the two cities’ main airports as well as the parliament building before they were overcome by government supporters who poured into the streets, and members of the police force.

Comments

 
guest | 16/7/2016
trust me if they could've blamed the coup on kurds they would have, unfortunately for them no kurds make it up the hierarchy in the turkish military
Hejar | 17/7/2016
This coup is very suspicious. Turkey is notorious for military coups so I have a very hard time believing this was planned so poorly. How did they not have a contingency plan? This started and ended one night? I'm not buying it and I believe there is a lot more to this than what the public knows. I have two theories and I'll try to make them brief. 1 is either this was staged or 2, this was bait. I know everyone is siding with the "democratically elected" government but what if that was exactly the goal? Turkey has alienated friend and enemy alike so what better way to try and play to the west that this was an attempt to destroy Turkish "democracy"? I think Erdogan and his government have gotten away with staging violence to gain power many times and this was their best to date. I believe Erdogan is an evil person but I must say he's been masterful at playing the dirty game. It just all seemed fake. How did the PM know about the coup before anyone else? How was the military so incompetent that they couldn't make it through one night? Who benefits the most from a failed coup and who will now have the perceived justification to remove whom ever he wants? I'm not convinced. This leads me to my second theory. This was not meant to succeed because it was never going to with Erdogan's popular and savage mob. It could have been an attempt to bait him into making more mistakes. If this wasn't staged and if Erdogan was paranoid before, how much more paranoid will he be now? How mad will he be now? They're already asking for the death penalty. His mobs almost beat those surrendering soldiers to death. The soldiers could've opened fire on those mobs but they didnt . He with be ruthless and play right into their hands. I just don't believe this was meant to succeed.
Mohamedzzz | 17/7/2016
Kurd should stay focused on their independence, coup or not coup, nothing good can come out from Erdogan's Turkey to Kurds.
FAUthman | 17/7/2016
6,000 have been detained in the crack down after the coup and "Officials say 2,745 judges and prosecutors across the country have been dismissed", what do they have to do with the coup? Erdogan is planting the seed for the next coup! But we still do not know if this one is totally over.
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