Dead or alive, they will get their children back, say the Kurdish families who have been protesting for over 70 days in front of the headquarters of the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakır. Showing great patience and determination for their cause, 53 families are participating in the sit-in protest. They say their children have been abducted by the PKK terrorist group with the assistance of the HDP.
"We have been here for 72 days. They should not assume that we will leave eventually," said Salih Gökçe, a father whose 24-year-old son Ömer was abducted five years ago and allegedly taken to Syria to fight for the PKK's Syrian affiliate, the People's Protection Units (YPG). Gökçe says he just wants his son back, even if it is his body that is returned. The father said he has dedicated his life to this cause, putting aside his normal life. Gökçe, who is from the eastern province of Ağrı, said that if necessary, he will rent a house in Diyarbakır. Gökçe, whose other son is a soldier, has been participating in the protest since Sept. 17.