‘Politically-motivated’ closure case to strengthen HDP,  says pro-Kurdish party

A closure case against Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) for alleged terror ties is a "political operation’’ that will work to strengthen the party, the HDP said on Tuesday. 

The HDP is faced with a dirty political campaign,’’ Birgün newspaper rcited co-chairwoman Pervin Buldan as saying, which is doomed to failure.

The top HDP official’s remarks arrive a day after a top Turkish prosecutor refiled a case with the constitutional court demanding the closure of the HDP for alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish self-rule for 40 years. The HDP denies the charges.

The new indictment, an expanded version of one rejected by a Turkish court in March on procedural grounds, calls for a political ban on some 500 party members and a block on HDP‘s bank accounts.

"Let nobody have any doubt that the closure case they filed will help the HDP grow and strengthen the HDP,’’ Buldan said. "If you think that you can silence the HDP and the people of Turkey by opening a closure case, then you are in grave error.’’ 

The Turkish government has maintained a years-long crackdown on the HDP, parliament’s third-largest party, placing thousands of its members on trial over mainly terrorism charges and removing its elected mayors from office.

The HDP is committed to utilising all democratic options, Buldan said, vowing to form the largest "democratic bloc’’ with all "democratic forces, social opposition and everyone in Turkey who sides with democracy, justice and peace.’’