Turkish security forces on Monday have detained nine people, including Şafak Özanlı a Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) deputy from Kars, for transporting food and other supplies to the PKK terrorist organization.
Teams from Digor District security Office have reportedly received an anonymous tip claiming that some suspects have bought food and other supplies from a market and their vehicles were headed to deliver supplies to PKK terrorists located in the Kağızman-Digor rural area.
Özanlı was in one of the vehicles carrying supplies to the PKK when the police stopped the vehicle to carry out a search within the boundaries of the Digor district.
She was released following the identification process as she has parliamentary immunity.
Eight others who were in the vehicles were transferred to the Digor Court of Peace, where they were released by the court pending trial.
The HDP has been harshly criticized for failing to distance itself from the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, U.S. and the E.U.
In July, Pervin Buldan, deputy chairperson of HDP said the PKK "is not a terrorist organization," sparking immediate outrage on social media. Recently in August, she paid a visit to the family of a PKK terrorist killed by Turkish security forces in the Lice district of the southeastern Diyarbakır province. She tweeted a photo from the commemoration of the terrorist, with a note which read, "We are attending the commemoration of Şoreşger who was martyred in Lice."
HDP's co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş also draws criticism for having links to the PKK. Selahattin Demirtaş's brother, Nurettin Demirtaş is a member of the PKK. After a Turkish daily published photos of his brother in a PKK camp with other terrorists, Demirtaş said that his brother "protects the honor of humanity" as he is 'fighting against ISIS in Syria.'
The party's deputies not only refuse to condemn terrorist attacks, but they also praise them and threaten Turkey. For instance, HDP deputy Abdullah Zeydan threatened Turkey on Monday by saying that the terrorist organization PKK has the power to "suffocate Turkey with its spit" and exterminate Turkey.
Ziya Çalışkan, HDP's deputy from Şanlıurfa province also attended the funeral of terrorists and referred to them as 'martyrs' while he pledged that they will "live for the honor" of the so-called martyrs.
HDP's co-spokesman and İzmir Deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü said that PKK terror attacks on Turkish security forces are not "a matter of condemnation" in a live broadcast on BBC on August 6.
HDP's co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ praised the PKK terrorist organization, and referred to it as "a national liberation movement and also an organization that stands for democracy and equality."
Her remarks came after the PKK commenced suicide bomb attacks and other terrorist activities across the country.
Turkey has been hit by violence since a suicide bomb attack by a suspected ISIS supporter killed 32 activists in Suruç on July 20.
The Turkish government has intensified its counter-terror operations following the recent attacks carried out by the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey.
Formed in 1978, the terrorist group has been fighting the Turkish government for an independent state until the early 2000's. The group then shifted its goal to autonomy in predominately Kurdish inhabited regions of Turkey.
The PKK announced on July 11 that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 2013 has ended.
Turkish security forces have arrested hundreds of people with suspected links to ISIS, the PKK, and leftist groups, detaining over 1,300 people across the country, according to a recent statement released by the Prime Minister's Office.
The Turkish Air Force has been carrying airstrikes against the PKK in northern Iraq and the ISIS terrorists in northern Syria.
According to President Erdoğan, over 2,000 terrorists were killed in Turkey's airstrikes against PKK's hideouts and camps in northern Iraq.
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