Turkish gov't can act outside the law against Kurdish lawmakers - Erdogan ally deputy
Mustafa Destici, a deputy of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the chairman of the far-right Islamist/nationalist Great Unity Party (BBP), said that the Turkish government should reserve the right to act outside the law in its fight against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the pro-Kurdish lawmakers if necessary. The Turkish government defines PKK as a “separatist terrorist organisation” which is considered a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union as well.
Speaking at the funeral of Nurcan Karakaya and her 11-month-old son Mustafa Bedirhan Karakaya who died in a roadside bomb attack blamed on the pro-Kurdish separatist group, Destici said: "We have to speak the language PKK understands, right now any action of our government, be it legal or outside the law is justified."
During his speech, Destici voiced his hope for an escalation in the government's response to the PKK. "The Republic of Turkey has always operated within the limits of the law." Destici said, adding "but now we are in a new phase where we must consider the alternatives. "
In his speech, the AKP deputy accused pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakersfor siding with PKK and warned them to pick a side in the fight against PKK. "HDP lawmakers will either accept PKK as a terrorist organisation and condemn it, or they must understand that they will be treated similar to PKK members," Destici said.
Right after the bombing, HDP in a statement condemned the attack on Nurcan and Mustafa Bedirhan Karakaya.