Future Party spokesman says Kurdish leader Demirtaş not a pro-peace politician
Selim Temurci, the spokesman of the newly established Future Party, said on Wednesday Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed former co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), could not be mentioned as a pro-peace figure, Gazete Duvar reported.
Temurci said his party would not allow Demirtaş to be turned into a pro-peace politician, arguing that he was responsible for the death dozens of people during protests in October 2014.
"Some people are trying to create a dove of peace from Selahattin Demirtaş. It was the name of the person who did not listen to the suggestions of then Prime Minister Davutoğlu when the events of October 6-8 occurred and called on our citizens to take streets and killed 53 of our citizens," he said.
A wave of violence sparked in 2014 by demonstrations in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast against Turkey’s lack of action to protect the Syrian border city of Kobane from the Islamic State (ISIS).
And, several Turkish politicians, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accused Demirtaş of having a hand in provoking the unrest.
The spokesman's remarks came at a time after an event in which Demirtaş's latest story collection, Devran, was read.
Demirtaş was arrested in November 2016 and has been held since then on various charges related to his alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has fought the Turkish state for Kurdish self-rule for decades.