HDP Leader Demirtaş Meets Family in Prison

hhh The leader of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş met members of his family in prison, where he has languished for weeks.

Demirtaş, who was arrested and jailed about five weeks ago for alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), vowed to continue his struggle despite the arrest, in a message carried to the public by his wife.

He met with his daughters, wife, parents and a sister on Wednesday at the Edirne Prison in northwestern Turkey where he is held.

“We are resolute in our struggle and our morale is higher than ever,” Demirtaş said. “I wish you to believe this from my heart,” he added addressing his supporters in the message.

He also said the HDP is the hope for all the people of Turkey, and that the current situation will be short.

The HDP co-chairs Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdag were arrested in early November, along with a number of the party’s lawmakers as part of what the Turkish government described as a counter-terrorism investigation.