Workers and BDP members march in Istanbul to protest Lice clashes

Workers and BDP members march in Istanbul to protest Lice clashes

Workers and BDP members march in Istanbul to protest Lice clashes

Peace and Democracy (BDP) deputies Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Sabahat Tuncel also joined the march. DHA photo

Turkish public sector workers joined members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in a peaceful march through Istanbul's İstiklal Avenue to protest the killing of a demonstrator by the security forces in the southeastern Diyarbakır province yesterday. Clashes had broke out in Diyarbakır's Lice district between soldiers and demonstrating villagers who were denouncing the construction of a gendarmerie outpost.

The group held banners reading, "We don't want outposts but peace" and "Resist Lice, resist Gezi Park." BDP deputies Sırrı Süreyya Önder, who was also very active during the early Gezi Park protests, and Sabahat Tuncel also participated in the march.

Protestors also held posters of Medeni Yıldırım, the 18-year-old victim of the Lice clashes.

Peace won’t come this way

Önder said that the government was showing a lack of determination in the peace process. “Someone who wants peace does not waste time building outposts. Civilians expressing their outcry in a peaceful way were fired upon. All their wounds were on their back. Peace won’t come this way,” Önder said. 

He also said that there were many parallelisms between the social demands of Gezi Park protesters and Kurdish people. The government should use this brutal incident as a reason to review its policies,” he added.

Tuncel also slammed the attempt of building outposts, saying that it reminded the Kurdish people of torture and death.

"The ruling Justice and Development party should remove the commander of the gendarmerie station and do what's right. You didn't understand Gezi Park, and if you don't understand Lice you will be unable to cope with the [peace] process," Tuncel said.

“All those who don’t come out into the streets will be accomplice of the massacre,” she added.

Turkish security forces had opened fire killing 18-year-old Medeni Yıldırım and wounding ten others during a demonstration against the construction of a new gendarmerie outpost in the Kayacik village.

The incident had raised huge outcry and fear that it could derail the ongoin peace process as the Interior Ministry commissioned four inspectors to investigate into the incident.