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BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş (L). AA Photo

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş (L). AA Photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the Air Force to strike 34 people in Uludere last year based on intelligence that there was a high-profile militant among the group, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş said today.

“It was said that there was a high-profile PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] member among [the group], but information about other civilians was also given to the prime minister,” Demirtaş said during protests in the southeastern district on the incident’s first anniversary, daily Radikal has reported.

Demirtaş also said then-District Gov. Naif Yavuz had claimed the evidence pointing to those responsible seemed fairly obvious in the matter but that the official was banished to western Turkey after the incident.

The Chief of General Staff was also informed about the raid, the BDP co-chair added.

Some 34 civilian Kurdish villagers were killed in the air strike on Dec. 28, 2011, when they were allegedly mistaken for PKK militants as they were smuggling oil from northern Iraq into Turkey.



Thousands protest air strike in Turkey

An official says thousands are protesting the government on the first anniversary of a botched Turkish military air strike aimed at suspected members of outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party that instead killed 34 civilians, The Associated Press reported.
 
Protesters are denouncing the government’s failure to keep a promise to investigate the incident and hold those responsible to account for the attack that struck a group of smugglers - most of them youngsters - who were crossing the border into Turkey from Iraq with mules.
 
Kurdish legislator Nazmi Gür said several thousand people were marching Friday to a cemetery near the border with Iraq. Dogan news agency video footage showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans.
 
The New-York based Human Rights Watch has also called on the government to launch "an effective and transparent inquiry" into the attack.

December/28/2012

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Cilginbebek Ms

12/30/2012 5:43:01 AM

Demirtas is a big mouthed, trouble maker who has pictures he flaunts as a PKK terrorist going into the mountains to kill Kurdish and Turkish civilians and soldiers alike. His behaviors would be intolerable and he would be jailed for seditious acts and anarchy against the state if he were in any other law abiding country. Meanwhile he is an MP in Turkey's parliament. He does nothing to help the Kurdish cause except stir up trouble.

In A Flap

12/29/2012 12:41:36 AM

I wonder when the PKK's political wing will be calling for inquiry's into all the murders and atrocities committed by the PKK terrorist organisation

mara mcglothin

12/29/2012 12:36:34 AM

OPTIMIST 23 I don't think it is a matter of accountability. What would it serve for Erdogan to do more than he has already done on this subject(wives visited, monies paid, attendance at ceremonies) GERARD It might not be wise to discuss to closely exactly the chain of command etc in any country. Too much information is needed. This isn't like they accdientally bombed other Turkish soldiers and RTE tried to cover it up.

Cilginbebek Ms

12/29/2012 12:20:16 AM

You folks in EU support the PKK with money you spend in their restaurants and coffee shops. They come to the UK and Germany and other EU countries open up a business and with the money ignorant Europeans spend in their restaurants, etc., they send back the money to fund terrorists to kill innocent lives. Good Work Europe!

Cilginbebek Ms

12/29/2012 12:15:53 AM

All these non-Turks on here are buying into terrorist propaganda. Demirtas is a terrorist who incites violence in Turkey, and Kurds oppress Turks in their own country. Kurds are responsible for killings of other kurds who don't promote violence in Turkey. Kurds bomb schools so kids can't get an education so they will resort to terrorism. Actually American intelligence using drones provided information to Turkey to bomb Uludere. So you writers don't even know or mention that.

Sid Mark

12/28/2012 7:26:45 PM

@mara.Like american soldiers in Vietnam.Wrong place at the wrong time obeying orders from wrong people.

GERARD SELTZER

12/28/2012 6:41:56 PM

It is not the event but the cover up that is the crime. Mr. Erdogan is morally required to either deny or to accept his involvement in this tragedy.

Optimist 23

12/28/2012 5:55:12 PM

@mara: If you let this like "things happen" (quote Rumsfeld) pass, then accountability is gone. Too many things happen without proper resonsiblity and consequences.

mara mcglothin

12/28/2012 4:13:00 PM

It doesn't really matter who actually gave the order, but this is a war and things like this can happen. No one should be punished for this incident. The smugglers were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and go mistaken for the bad guys. Of course they were smuggling, weren't they?

rich bind

12/28/2012 4:01:03 PM

If this account is true, then Erdogan should resign. Like in the US case of Watergate (President Nikon) its the coverup stupid. So, the Prime Minister famous for lecturing Israel regarding killing civilians in pursuit of terrorists, appears willing to accept such behavior if it benefits Turkey.
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