Motions filed against Buldan and other pro-Kurdish MPs for ‘terror propaganda’

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday filed motions against four pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies, including the party’s co-chair Pervin Buldan, for conducting “terrorist propaganda,” independent news site T24 reported.

A motion was filed against Buldan for her speech in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 21; Diyarbakır deputy  İmam Taşçıer for his social media posts on May 24 and speeches he delivered in the same province on Sept. 8 and 9; Tunceli deputy Alican Önlü for a speech he gave during the Newroz celebrations - the traditional Kurdish celebration of both the New Year and the beginning of Spring - in the eastern province of Tunceli on March 21 and Berdan Öztürk for a speech during Newroz celebrations in the eastern province of Ağrı on March 21, T24 said.

The motions demand the removal of the deputies’ immunity from prosecution, T24 said.

Ankara accuses HDP’s politicians of harbouring sympathies and acting in the interest of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been in war in Turkey for over 30 years. 

Almost one in three members of Turkey’s top Kurdish political party have been detained since the ceasefire between Kurdish militants and the Turkish state collapsed in July 2015.