Pro-Kurdish Party Leader Demirtas: “there wasn’t a fair or equal election”

demmmThe leaders of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party say that unfair election conditions explain their drop-off in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, was forced to cancel election rallies following two deadly attacks ongatherings since July. Television stations gave party representatives little air-time amid government attacks branding the party as the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and its allies.

HDP’s co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas told reporters that “there wasn’t a fair or equal election… We were not able to lead an election campaign. We tried to protect our people against attacks.”

Following the vote Sunday, small clashes broke out in Diyarbakir in the Kurdish southeast between protesters and police.