Kurdish political leaders have issued statements addressing the crisis in the region. People’s Democratic Party co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has written from his jail-cell, urging Turkish residents not to be cowed by political repression in the run-up to the 2023 election.
Bese Hozat, co-chair of the umbrella organisation KCK, pointed the finger at collaboration between Turkish President Erdoğan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which stands accused of facilitating Turkey’s military operations in Iraqi Kurdistan.
But silence continued from the prison island Imrali, where Kurdish figurehead Abdullah Öcalan has just been denied access to his legal team for a further six months.
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