Pro-Kurdish HDP to be key political actor, even if shuttered - co-chair

Even if the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is shut down, it will continue to be key actor for determining Turkey’s political balances, according to party co-chair Mithat Sancar.

The lawsuit seeking to close HDP and the recent armed attacks against it are not only targeting the party, but are the systematic implementation of a plan against all democratic forces in Turkey, Bianet news website cited Sancar as saying on Saturday.

“Whoever claims that these are individual cases against HDP, you should now that they are either responsible for the attacks or share the responsibility,” Sancar said in a speech he delivered in Turkey’s western Aydın province.

Turkey’s Constitutional Court in June accepted a request to launch a lawsuit from the chief public prosecutor’s office, calling for the closure of the opposition HDP over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The 850-page indictment submitted to the court also urged a political ban on 500 party members, and a cautionary freeze on the party’s bank account.

The Constitutional Court in April this year turned down another indictment to close the HDP, citing an insufficiently built and evidenced case against the second largest opposition bloc in the country. 

On June 17, Deniz Poyraz, an employee of the HDP was shot dead by an assailant inside the party headquarters in western Izmir province. Onur Gencer, an ultranationalist who fought alongside Turkish proxies in Syria, explained his actions by saying he hates the PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Turkey. 

PKK is designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union and Turkish government blames the HDP with alleged links to the PKK.

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