Another family has joined the sit-in protest in front of the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in the southeastern Diyarbakır province on the 133rd day as they demand the return of their children from the terrorists who abducted them.
Today, another family joined the protest, increasing the total number of families to 65. A father coming from Bingöl province – Metin Açan – has joined the sit-in for his two sons that were abducted to the mountains. Açan is determined to rejoin his 18-year old son Hakan abducted eight years ago and 24-year old Harun, abducted four years ago.
The protest started when Hacire Akar turned up at the doorstep of the HDP's Diyarbakır office one night. A week later, on Sept. 3, 2019, families inspired by Akar transformed her solo stance into a collective sit-in protest. Akar's son Mehmet returned home on Aug. 24, giving hope to other families.
Esmer Koç, another mother with the same aim, came for her daughter abducted in Hakkari province seven years ago.
“My daughter, if you can hear me, see me – run away, surrender to our state. I came here for my daughter, I will not leave without her,” Koç stated.
Since the beginning of their protest, the mothers have received support from across the country with almost all segments of society expressing solidarity with their cause.
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