"Through this move, we want to show that the right place for the solution is Parliament," Selahattin Demirtaş, deputy parliamentary group leader of the DTP, told reporters yesterday. The protest began late yesterday after the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review went to print. Dozens of DTP members, including high-ranking ones, were arrested as part of large operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Police accused the arrested DTP members of connections to the terrorist organization.
Demirtaş described the operations as political and linked them with the DTP’s success in the local elections.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan confirmed that he was informed about the protest.