Tensions rise in Turkey

Tensions rise in Turkey

Ankara, September 10, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Since the June election 110 soldiers and police officers have been killed

Attacks to 400 offices of the pro-kurdish HDP

Military zones in Northeastern Turkey

By Manolis Kostidis

Turkey is in deep crisis as a result of the terrorist attacks of the PKK to the security forces, and from the pogroms against the offices of the pro-Kurdish party HDP and citizens of Kurdish origin, organized by the nationalists.

The Turkish authorities began to impose martial law and curfews in many areas of the country.

The president of the HDP Selahattin Demirtaş, in a statement claimed that within a few days 400 offices and party organisations of his party were attacked by nationalists.

Some offices were set on fire in central Turkey.

“It becomes impossible for the elections to be held with the current situation in the Southeast region of Turkey. We want elections to be held, we do not say that it can’t be done, but there is the need to improve the conditions”, he said.

The Turkish government counts 110 dead soldiers and police officers from the elections of June 7, toughens its stance and already in many regions of Diyarbakir has been imposed martial law for a period of six months “for the protection of citizens”. The residents of these areas will be able to leave and enter only with special permits.

CIZRE – The ghost town

In the region Tzizre for six days has been imposed a curfew, as the Turkish security forces clash with members of the PKK.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ahmet Davutoglu ask for “restraint” from the Turks, as the attacks on the Kurdish people and the offices of the HDP have brought the country in a dangerous situation.

However, already there are many who express doubts as to how the crucial election can be carried out in the southeastern part of the country, which cities are bastions of the HDP. In several areas have been imposed measures which restrict freedom of movement and have been established more than 100 temporary “military zones”.

In an effort to appease the situation, the finance minister Mehmet Şimşek said he is both a Kurd and a government minister, sending a message to the nationalists.

Turkish authorities located a truck with explosives

The Turkish authorities announced they found a truck carrying explosives and stopped it near the town of Şanlıurfa. The drivers are suspected to have affiliations with the PKK, which in its latest bloody attacks used explosives placed on the roads.

The opposition accuses Erdogan – Erdogan denies accusations

Impressive political movement is regarded the statement by CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who accused Erdogan that he leads the country to destruction to win 400 seats, which are his aim in order to change the Constitution. “If you end terrorism I’ll give you these 400 seats”, Kilitsnaroglou said.

The opposition argues that the aim of Erdogan is the increased tension in the country, in order to reduce the rates of the HDP in the election of November 1, so the AKP be able to form a majority government.

Turkish President denies these accusations and underlines that he objected to the final settlement of the Kurdistan issue, blaming the Kurds that “at the same time they chatted with us they were bringing weapons into the country”.