Pro-Kurdish MP Güven under investigation for terror propaganda

Turkey has launched an investigation against pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Güven for allegedly conducting  "propaganda for a terrorist organisation.’’

The Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutors Office launched the investigation following a speech delivered by Güven on Thursday in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeastern province of Diyarbakır, where the HDP lawmaker criticised Turkish officials for failing to solve the country’s decades-long Kurdish problem, independent news site T24 reported on Saturday. 

"This conflict will continue because the HDP is not the reason for the conflict. The mindset, which created this war, is the mindset that leaves the Kurdish problem without a solution. As long as this continues, there will be continued membership in the guerrilla movement,’’ Güven said, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK has waged a decades-long insurgency against Turkey for self-rule and deemed a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and Europe. 

Güven, who is also the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), an umbrella organisation for Kurdish groups, was released from jail in January after serving a year behind bars for criticising Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces in northwest Syria.

The pro-Kurdish HDP party remains under the scrutiny of Turkish authorities, which accuse it of links to the PKK. Several of the party’s lawmakers are behind bars, including former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş.