Dec 14 2017

HDP deputy punished for using word “Kurdistan”

Turkey’s parliament has banned one of its members from attending its next two sessions for using the word Kurdistan in the chamber, pro-government newspaper HaberTürk said.

“As a son of the Kurdish people, as a representative coming from Kurdistan I see my role as being this: this roof should encompass both Kurds and Turks,” said Osman Baydemir, a parliamentarian for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a mainly Kurdish party.

When he finished speaking, Deputy Speaker Ayşe Nur Bahçekapılı asked him where Kurdistan was.

“In here,” he said, pointing at his heart.

Baydemir was then excluded from the chamber under a rule that bans insulting government officials and using terms that run counter to the “indivisible unity” of the country.