Video footage showing a body, which was later claimed to be Birlik, the brother-in-law of HDP Şırnak deputy Leyla Birlik, being dragged behind a police vehicle emerged last week.
No responsible government could be expected to refrain from taking action while its law enforcement personnel and civilians are being murdered by a terrorist organization that is designated as such by the global community, including the United States and European Union.
Turkish soldiers stand next to coffins covered by Turkish flags, as part of a funeral ceremony on September 8, 2015 in Van, Turkey, for the Turkish soldiers killed days earlier in an attack suspected to have been carried out by PKK militants.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he disapproved of the images despite the fact that the victim was a “terrorist who attacked the police with rocket launchers”.
“If the interior minister had any dignity, any honour, he would resign”, Turkish media Wednesday quoted Demirtas as telling reporters in Istanbul. “Our interior ministry … will conduct a comprehensive investigation, not into the incident itself, but into the way in which this incident was reflected to the world”. However, different outlets have reported that Turkey made a decision to bomb in areas of Iraqi Kurdistan instead. But a closer look showed the journalists merely possessed massive interviews with the PKK.
The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. We will separate our citizens from terrorists. “Our villages and cities have been turned into ruins”.
On the same night in nearby Diyarbakir province, security forces hunting bank robbers killed another four suspected Kurdish militants, the governor’s office said. “No one should forget, because we will not forget”, Demirtas said in the tweet on Sunday.
“We as guerrillas, under the right of self-defense for ourselves and our nation, declare democratic autonomy in Dersim”, explained one fighter.