Following the Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) call for demonstrations on Oct. 6, a survey conducted by Pollmark showed that a significant majority believe that the HDP's call for protest was a wrong move. The survey was conducted between Oct. 10 and Oct. 14 with 5,071 participants across the country. According to the study, 83.4 percent said that the HDP's call for protests was wrong, while only 7 percent were in support, 9.6 percent abstained.
The HDP called for demonstrations on Oct. 6 to protest the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) attacks and lack of support from Ankara for the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani. Ankara accused the HDP of causing the street violence that caused the deaths of nearly 40 people across the country. After several days of clashes between pro and anti-PKK groups in southeastern Turkey, HDP co-chairman, Selahattin Demirtaş, held a press conference and rejected the allegations that his party and lawmakers had called for mass violent demonstrations saying they called for unity and peaceful protests across the country to draw attention to halt the ISIS attacks.
The survey also showed that 74.2 percent of participants did not agree the idea that the reconciliation process will end if the government does not intervene in Kobani while only 8.9 percent agreed and 16.8 percent did not answer. The Pollmark survey results reported that 79.8 percent of the participants consider ISIS a terrorist organization while 9.3 percent of participants did not agree and 10.9 percent did not answer.
HDP deputy Altan Tan was criticized after he admitted that his party acted irresponsibly when they called on their supporters to demonstrate in southeastern Turkey.
"We should have used discourse that would have prevented the devastation […] Our deputies, mayors and co-chairs should have prevented the violence," Tan said in hindsight.
In an unprecedented move, Tan said that the HDP, which received 10 percent of the vote in the recent presidential election with Demirtaş's candidacy, harmed the atmosphere it had created during the campaign.
"Businesses being set ablaze harmed the HDP's relation with the middle class, attacking Hüda Par [Free Cause Party] supporters harmed the HDP's relations with Islamist Kurds and burning flags and demolishing statues harmed the HDP's relations with secular Turks," Tan added.
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