Senior PKK member’s statue erected in southeastern Turkey
A statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, one of the founders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workersâ Party (PKK), was erected in southeastern province of DiyarbakÄ±r on Aug. 16.
The statue was opened on the anniversary of the first attacks by PKK militants in Hakkariâs Åemdinli district and Siirtâs Eruh district in 1984, in a cemetery that was opened last year in the Lice district for PKK members. Korkmaz was killed by security forces in 1986.
Peoplesâ Democratic Party (HDP) DiyarbakÄ±r lawmaker Nursel AydoÄan and the co-chairs of the Party of Democratic Regions (DBP), Emine Ayna and Kamuran YÃ¼ksek, attended the opening ceremony.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Develt BahÃ§eli has condemned the statue, saying Prime Minister and president-elect Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan is responsible for an âugly attackâ and adding that the votes cast for ErdoÄan in the Aug. 10 presidential election âwent to the PKK.â
âIt is a fact that every single vote cast for ErdoÄan went to the PKK, encouraged those [militants] in Kandil and gave them hope,â BahÃ§eli said in a written statement. He also highlighted the timing of the incident, saying that it was not surprising that the statue was opened after Aug. 10.
âThe attempt not only makes our martyrs turn in their graves, but is also an open, clear and ugly attack on Turkeyâs national, moral and historical rights,â BahÃ§eli said, claiming that this was a result of the ruling Justice and Development Partyâs (AKP) âtolerance of the PKK.â