Pro-Kurdish HDP to participate in CHP’s ‘March of Justice’

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Leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu (C) walks with placard reading 'Justice' during a protest march in Ankara on June 15, 2017, after CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in jail for handing secret information to a newspaper. Thousands of supporters from Turkey's main opposition party took to the streets of Ankara on Thursday to protest the jailing of one of its MPs, vowing to march to his jail in Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has decided to participate in the “March of Justice” launched by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu last week, Dihaber reported on Saturday.

According to the report, HDP members will participate in the march in the Kandıra district of Kocaeli province, where Co-chairperson of the HDP Figen Yüksekdağ and deputies Ferhat Encu, Çağlar Demirel, Gülser Yıldırım and Besime Konca are imprisoned.

The HDP plans to stay with the march until it reaches Edirne province, where Selahattin Demirtaş, the other co-chairperson of the HDP, is incarcerated.

Hundreds of local Kurdish politicians as well as 11 HDP deputies are behind bars on terror charges.

An average of 5,000 people a day are participating in the March of Justice.

Kılıçdaroğlu initiated the march in Ankara in protest of the arrest of CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for leaking information for a report on National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks transporting weapons to jihadists in Syria.

The march, with participation expected to increase during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in Turkey, will last for 25 days and end at Maltepe Prison, where Berberoğlu is jailed.

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