AA / Diyarbakir- Turkey / Bestami Bodruk
Families whose children were abducted or forcibly recruited by the PKK terrorist group continued their sit-in in southeastern Turkey on Sunday.
The families have been camping for 762 days, since September 3, 2019, in front of the offices of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, a party that the Turkish government says has links with the PKK.
The protests have since spread to other provinces, including Van, Mus, Sirnak and Hakkari.
Necibe Ciftci came from Semdinli district in Hakkari to participate in the sit-in, hoping to find her son Rosat, kidnapped by the terrorist group six years ago at the age of 16.
She said the PKK also murdered her eldest son and her husband Sami Ciftci because they refused to support the terrorist organization.
“My son, the HDP cheated on you and handed you over to the PKK. Come back now, that’s enough,” she said.
Yusuf Erdinc, another protester, said he was participating in the sit-in for his son Mikail.
The family have not had contact with Mikail since 2015, when he disappeared while studying law at Marmara University.
“I went to HDP headquarters with my wife. They beat us and pushed us down the stairs,” Erdinc, from Gurpinar district, said in Van.
“I have refused since 2015 to give up hope of seeing my son again, and I have no intention of giving up now,” he added, urging Mikail to surrender to the Turkish security forces.
Offenders linked to terrorist groups may, if they surrender, benefit from possible reduced sentences in Turkey, under a law on repentance.
During its more than 35-year campaign of terror against Turkey, the PKK, classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40 000 people, including women, children and infants.
* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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