Destruction seen in the Kurdish city of Cizre in Sirnak province, southeastern Turkey. File photo: Reuters
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KOBANE – The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) called on the Turkish government to stop the demolition of Kurdish areas in southeastern Turkey.
“As part of a larger war policy, round-the-clock curfews are still going on in Kurdish provinces despite their illegality. As of now, hundreds of civilians have lost their lives during the months-long curfews in the city center of Şırnak and 22 other districts,” the HDP leadership said in a public statement on Thursday.
“While government authorities announced the end of armed clashes in Şirnak, Nusaybin and Sur, the demolition is still going on. These districts are being demolished with bulldozers and earthmovers,” the HDP added.
The party said that curfews have continued in Yuksekoava, the town which has been destroyed in the fighting between Turkish government forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the fighting and under siege by the Turkish army on the Kurdish cities of Şirnak, Nusaybin and Sur.
“The ongoing round-the-clock curfews, blockades and destruction in Kurdish cities and towns should be immediately stopped. And all the obstacles that prevent residents from safely returning to their homes should be removed,” HDP co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ & Selahattin Demirtaş said in a statement.
According to the Turkish Hurriyet journalist Aha Özyurt, the Turkish government has started with mass deportation of civilians of Sur.
“The AKP government has officially deported the citizens of Sur out of their homes with absolutely no way of returning,” she wrote on Wednesday.
“This procedure is a copy-paste modern version of the “Orient Reform Plan” of the 1920s and the post-Dersim Uprisings. The AKP government in return is pledging to create a “Sur à la 2016” by spending almost 7.5 million Turkish Liras. All this would go to the pockets of construction companies and pro-government subcontractors to create a money scheme for the next election,” Özyurt added.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News