The aftermath of the DTP closure

The Constitutional Court ruled December 11 the Democratic Society Party (DTP) should be shut down because of ties to outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). After the ban, clashes erupted in Istanbul’s busy Beyoğlu district December 13 as around 200 Kurds protested the closure and clashed with Turkish nationalists and the police. DTP’s deputy chairwoman said December 13 they are preparing to appeal its closure at the European Court of Human Rights. Members of the party will convene December 14 in Diyarbakır to determine the direction of the country’s Kurdish politics. The international media reported that the U.S. and European countries urged the Turkish government to continue with its effort for the Kurdish Initiative.

Following the ban of DTP, there were violent clashes in several Turkish cities. Questions arise whether the Government will be able to proceed with its “democracy initiative.” PM Erdogan proclaimed that it will: “Absolutely.”

Source: Hurriyet Daily and Today’s Zaman

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