Prosecutor asks parliament permission to prosecute Kurdish deputy on terrorism charge

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HDP Deputy Leyla Güven

A Diyarbakır prosecutor has submitted a summary of proceedings to the Turkish parliament accusing Leyla Güven, a deputy from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), of disseminating terrorist propaganda, the Mezapotamya news agency reported on Tuesday.

The prosecutor cited one of Güven’s speeches delivered on Sept. 11 in Diyarbakır as evidence.

In the highly disputed speech, the Kurdish deputy harshly criticized the government for removing three Kurdish mayors in Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van over alleged terrorism charges.

Güven said as long as the Kurdish question remained unresolved, young people would continue to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group and armed conflict would be prolonged.

The PKK has been waging an insurgency for decades in southeastern cities in response to the Kurdish question, which is usually referred as the lack of fundamental rights of the Kurdish people and the inequalities to which they are subjected.

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