Turkish main opposition leader hits out at gov’t for ‘seeking help from terrorists’
Turkeyâs main opposition leader has asked how the government can take an illegal organization as a counterpart when asked about children allegedly abducted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workersâ Party (PKK).
Republican Peopleâs Party (CHP) leader Kemal KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu May 28 criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan for urging Kurdish politicians to intervene in the situation of the children, who were allegedly kidnapped in DiyarbakÄ±râs Lice district on April 23.
âThe government is not a place to cry. And the prime minister is not the opposition party leader,â KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu told reporters. âWhat kind of a prime minister is this that seeks help from an illegal organization? For Godâs sake, who is running this country?â
On May 27, ErdoÄan called on Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) members to âgo and get these children,â from Kandil, where PKK militants are, since they âknow their addresses very well.â
KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu also hit out at ErdoÄanâs claim that the government âwill operate using our plan B and plan C,â if the BDP fails in its quest. âHe has this plan B and plan C, forget about it,â he said. âIf you are in need of the help of an illegal organization and you say it, you cannot be in the prime ministerâs office.â
Protests against the alleged kidnapping of children by the PKK have grown in the southeast over the last weeks. The families of 16 âabductedâ children began a sit-in protest in DiyarbakÄ±r on May 20.
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