Yuksekdag slams civilian deaths in Southeast during HDP women’s meeting

According to Figen Yuksekdag since the June 7 election 140 civilians have died and “29 of these were women and 26 were children.”

“These figures are not abstract, they are pain, they are tears and they are mourning. The violence increasing against the public and the anger it is creating are reflected in these numbers,” she stated.

Criticizing the continuing violence against women in Turkey, Yuksekdag said: “In 2015 alone, 326 women have been killed. Today, the same kind of politics is continuing. On the one hand, there is the violence committed by the state and on the other, there is the continuing violence committed by men against women.”

Yusekdag also noted that 60 civilians have lost their lives due to 24 on-off curfews imposed in southeastern Turkey because of the ongoing clashes. During these curfews, civilians are not permitted to leave their homes, sometimes for days on end, despite limited food, water and electricity. In one recent incident during the ongoing curfew in the Nusaybin district of Mardin, Selamet Yesilman — a pregnant mother of five — was killed on the front steps of her home. Yuksekdag said Yesilman’s body on those steps was and will continue to be the “shame of the ruling government.”

HDP parliamentary group deputy chairperson Pervin Buldan extended thoughts of sympathy to party Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas for an alleged assassination attempt on Sunday evening while he was traveling by car in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. Party officials said his vehicle was hit by a bullet in an apparent assassination attempt. “We will be looking into the attempted murder of our Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas and would like him to know that we are standing by him.”


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