Turkey moves to ban pro-Kurdish HDP Party
4:52, March 18, 2021
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party was fighting for its political survival on Wednesday after a prosecutor asked the country’s top court to shut it down for alleged links to PKK waging a deadly insurgency against the state.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long portrayed the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) — parliament’s third-largest — as the political front of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK has been waging an insurgency since 1984 that has killed tens of thousands.
But the HDP firmly denies formal links to the PKK and says it is coming under attack because of its fervent opposition to Erdogan’s 18-year rule.