Governor’s office denies appointment of trustees to Sur, Silvan municipalities

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Co-Mayors of Sur district and DBP members Seyid Narin and Fatma Şık Barut

The Diyarbakır Governor’s Office on Thursday denied media reports suggesting that it appointed trustees to the municipalities of Sur and Silvan, which are run by the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

District governors were named as trustees, media reports said, however, the governor’s office said in a statement later in the day that no trustees were appointed to these municipalities and if the governor’s office makes such a move, it will announce it to the public.

Co-mayors of Sur and DBP members Seyid Narin and Fatma Şık Barut, and Co-mayor of Silvan Yüksek Bodakçı were arrested on Aug. 23 on charges of issuing a declaration of “self-governance.”

Murat Karayılan, the leader of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) – an umbrella organization that includes the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — said in a statement in June that they will directly attack the trustees that the government is planning to appoint to pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) mayors’ offices.

If they [the government] take over [HDP mayors’ offices], we will target whoever is appointed to replace the mayor. I am saying this openly. They want to expand the war, and they are imposing this on us. Of course, we will respond accordingly,” Karayılan said.

 

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