HDP co-chair's brother hails Ankara suicide bomber
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULMay 05, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
May 05, 2016 12:00 am
The brother of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, Nurettin Demirtaş, wrote a column for the the PKK's daily newspaper in Europe, Yeni Özgür Politika, about Ankara suicide bomber Seher Çağla Demir, who killed 36 people, and hailed her.
Justifying the suicide attack, Demirtaş said it was right and appropriate. "Kurdish youngsters did not sit down and wait for the death. Two attacks in Ankara were for this reason," he said, adding that Demir launched the attack in retaliation to the alleged massacre in the southeast.
Demirtaş went on to defend the attacks, saying that they were carried out in order to retaliate against the counterterror operations in the southeastern parts of Turkey.
He also said Kurdish youngsters like Demir are the great hope of the Kurdish people.
Demir had joined the PKK terrorist organization in 2013 and was allegedly trained by the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. A bomb-laden vehicle exploded between two passenger buses near a crowded bus stop in the city center in the attack. Many vehicles and buses were completely or severely burned.
The HDP and its deputies are accused of having links to the PKK. The party has been long bashed for its close ties to the terrorist organization. A deputy from the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Tuba Hezer, attended the funeral of the terrorist who perpetrated the Ankara car bombing in February.
Hezer visited the condolence home located in the eastern province of Van, where she is a deputy and offered her condolences to the family of the PKK splinter group Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) terrorist named Abdülbaki Sönmez, "Zınar Reperin," the alleged perpetrator of the Ankara bombing.
Selahattin Demirtaş is also under fire for his party's pro-PKK stance. Demirtaş, initially claiming to be the co-chair of the only party in Turkey that could make the PKK disarm, later contradicted himself by changing tack after the elections. In addition to this, HDP deputies were caught delivering aid to the PKK and rushing wounded terrorists to hospitals.