Ankara, July 27 () - Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called on the Supreme Court of Appeals’ Prosecutor’s Office to take legal action against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for acting against the law on political parties by maintaining alleged ties with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“The Supreme Court of Appeals Prosecutor’s Office should immediately intervene and make the law work on the politicians of Kandil [in reference to the HDP politicians], who praise terrorists, even refrain from condemning the rotten [people] who have martyred [our security forces], and cannot put distance between themselves and terror” said Bahçeli in a written statement.
The PKK headquarters are based in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq and though there is no direct link between the PKK and the HDP, the party is focused on the Kurdish problem.
“Being idle and still against those who oppose and act against the constitution and the law on political parties, and who supply political armor to violence and terror, would mean indirectly supporting the PKK” the MHP said.
Waves of arrests, military strikes against Kurdish targets and a smear campaign against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) are all part of attempts to hurt the party at the polls, according to co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş.
“One of the aims of all the air, land, media operations that are being conducted now is to strike the HDP in early elections. But you even lack the skills to carry out a simple conspiracy. If we left you alone, you would bring an end to yourselves,” Demirtaş said in a tweet published July 26.
The MHP raised the dosage of its opposition to the HDP after the June 7 parliamentary elections, when a pro-Kurdish party passed the 10 percent election threshold for the first time.
A total of eight security forces have been killed in various attacks since July 20 in five provinces of Turkey’s southeast, with some of the attacks being claimed by the PKK.