HDP owes an apology to nation, says Turkish PM

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 22.11.2014 17:56
Updated 23.11.2014 10:23
HDP owes an apology to nation, says Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Saturday that Turkey's pro-Kurdish party HDP owes an apology to the nation following the party's call for street protests in support of Kobani on 6-7 October, which claimed dozens of lives. He made the comments at AK Party's congress in the eastern province of Ağrı in Turkey.

Davutoğlu said, "Do not call out to this nation's children again for street protests, for violence." If HDP is sincere about the reconciliation process, it should not call out to anyone for violence again, he said.

The Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) called for demonstrations on October 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's 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 attacks of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

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