Istanbul (dpa) – The fight against terrorism is more important than “democracy, freedom and rule of law,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
“For us, these words have absolutely no value any longer. Those who stand on our side in the fight against terrorism are our friend. Those on the opposite side, are our enemy,” he told a televised gathering of local district leaders in Ankara.
Erdogan vowed to employ “an iron fist” against terrorism and pledged to fight Kurdistan Workers‘ Party (PKK) militants. “Wherever you run, our soldiers, police and village guards will find you there and do what is necessary,” he says.
Erdogan also made comments sharply critical of the pro-Kurdish Peoples‘ Democratic Party (HDP), which has 80 seats in parliament.
People killed in crossfire, burned alive in basements. Tanks in the streets and indefinite curfews – Kurds in Turkey’s southeast have been living a nightmare ever since Ankara started a crackdown on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in August 2015.
Devastation & despair in Diyarbakir
The second-largest city in southeastern Turkey with highly-developed infrastructure, Diyarbakir is gradually becoming a city of the dead and missing. The unofficial capital of the Kurdish area of Turkey, the city has seen repeated shelling since July 2015. It was placed under two curfews in December.
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