Four, including jailed pro-Kurdish politician Gergerlioğlu's son, detained over protest
Turkish police on Monday detained the son of jailed opposition politician Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu and three others protesting the pro-Kurdish party officials' imprisonment in capital Ankara, BirGün newspaper reported.
Salih Gergerglioğu, a journalist with opposition Artı TV and two others were taken into police custody in front of Ankara’s Sincan Prison, BirGün said, where they attempted to protest for the release of the former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker.
Gergerlioğlu was arrestedon April 2 and sentenced to two and a half years in prison on terror charges. The politician was stripped of his parliamentary status on March 17, weeks after a Turkish court upheld a conviction over spreading terrorist propaganda.
The charge was based on a newspaper article the former deputy posted on his social media account that included a statement by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy for almost 40 years.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court last weekruled that Gergerlioğlu’s rights to run in elections and engage in politics as well as his right to free expression were violated, but the politician has yet to be released from prisonas the court has failed thus far to notify the responsible lower court to initiate the official procedures for Gergerlioğlu’s released.
“Attacks (on our party) will not stop our struggle,’’ the HDP said in reaction to the Monday's detentions on Twitter.
AYM kararına rağmen bırakılmayan vekilimiz Ö.Faruk Gergerlioğlu için Sincan Cezaevi önünde yapacağımız açıklamamıza saldırı gerçekleşti. Aralarında Salih Gergerlioğlu ve gazetecilerin de olduğu 4 kişi gözaltına alındı. Saldırılar mücadelemizi engelleyemez! #GergerlioğluBırakılsın pic.twitter.com/iIozdrZqD2— HDP (@HDPgenelmerkezi) July 5, 2021