Diyarbakır road where military officers kidnapped reopened

The kidnapping took place when a group of terrorist PKK supporters blocked a road heading to the southeastern provincial capital of Diyarbakır on Saturday in protest of the construction of a gendarmerie outpost. With the blockade, the armed group, which took part in the protest along with civilians, caused a traffic backup as a long line of 90-100 vehicles formed.

A brother of Hasan Demircan, one of the kidnapped officers, said that the family was informed about the incident after gendarme officials called them.

“My brother is supposed to be getting married on May 23. He was planning his wedding day and night. We want the government officials to intervene and find my brother,” said Demircan’s brother.

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas stated that BDP officials are doing their best in order to aid in the release of the kidnapped military officials.

“Apart from this incident, we also want to know why the government and the chief of staff are building these massive gendarmerie outposts during the peace negotiations. The local residents are reacting negatively to these constructions,” said Demirtas.

This is the not the first time the PKK or groups affiliated with the terrorist organization have kidnapped civilians or soldiers in the region, highlighting the fragile nature of the ongoing settlement process aimed at ending the decades-old Kurdish dispute and armed conflict.

The PKK declared a cease-fire last year, but halted the withdrawal of its forces from Turkey months later. The halting of the withdrawal has drawn the “peace talks” between the Turkish state and the terrorist group to the brink of deadlock. The PKK’s reckless activities throughout the region are fueling fears of a revival of clashes.

Meanwhile, Aysel Bockun, a woman from from Diyarbakır, has started a sit-in in order to raise awareness for her son who was kidnapped by the PKK on April 23.

Bockun said that her son was one of 15 children who were kidnapped by the PKK and she wants government officials to find him.

“I want my son back. What happened to the so-called peace between the Turkish government and the PKK? If there is peace, why is the PKK kidnapping people?” said Bockun.

Bockun stated that she raised her son with great struggles and she called on President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to do something about the situation.

“I am on nobody’s side, I just want my son back,” added Bockun.