Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused one of the co-leaders of the pro-Kurdish HDP Party of “provocation and treason.” Selahattin Demirtas has called for autonomous regions for Kurds in the east and south-east of the country. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into his comments.
The PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party — deemed a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the EU and the US — is also calling for self-rule. Erdogan announced the boosting of operations against the party, which has branches in neighbouring Syria.
“The latest developments in Syria are feeding the appetite of the terrorist organisation PKK against our national unity,” he said.
Erdogan said Ankara would not allow terrorism to prevail, adding that more than 3,000 terrorists had been “eliminated both in and out” of Turkey’s borders.