US says concerned over HDP arrests, internet restrictions in Turkey

HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas

WASHINGTON (KDN) – Washington has expressed its concern over the arrests of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers and the restrictions on the internet.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the Turkish Government’s detentions of opposition members of parliament, including the co-chairs of the HDP Selahatin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, and by government restrictions on internet access today,” State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said on Nov. 4.

“Deputy Secretary Blinken spoke this morning with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary Yalcin and raised these concerns. He made clear that when democracies pursue legal action against an elected representative, they must do so in a manner that reinforces the public’s confidence in rule of law, and that restricting the internet undermines confidence in Turkey’s democracy and economic prosperity,” he added.

Kirby also condemned the Nov. 4 car bomb attack in Diyarbakır which claimed by Turkey-backed Islamic State terrorists and killed at least nine Kurdish civilians.

“We wish the wounded a speedy recovery and offer our deepest condolences to all the loved ones of those who lost their lives,” Kirby said.