Honorary chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Ertuğrul Kürkçü, has criticised Turkey for its role in the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, saying that Turkey is trying to present itself as a mediating power while in reality seeking to perpetuate the conflict in order to profit from the military-industrial complex and regional tensions which leave both sides seeking Turkey’s support.
Turkey is also hypocritical for condemning the Russian invasion while failing to make concrete moves against Russia, and conducting similar policies against the Kurdish minority outside of its own territories, Kurkçu said. These policies were in evidence on Tuesday, as Turkey continued its shelling campaign and drone strikes against the Kurdish-led autonomous regions of North and East Syria. Meanwhile, Turkish lawyers used Lawyers’ Day on 5 April to protest the detention of over 1600 of their colleagues.
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