PKK and its political wing, the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) called its supporters on Wednesday to protest detentions of Diyarbakır Co-mayors Gülten Kışanak and Fırat Anlı on charges based on 'supporting terrorism' on Tuesday. However, citizens in the southeastern Turkey particularly Diyarbakır province did not respond to the calls of the PKK to provoke riots across the country and the region.
A group of 30 protesters including the officials of the HDP and the PKK affiliated Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were gathered in front of Diyarbakır municipality building on Wednesday at 11:00.
25 protesters who resisted security forces call upon not to provoke riots during the demonstration were detained by the police.
However, particularly the Kurdish citizens who form the political base of the party across the country did not respond to the calls to create tension in the streets.
Although, a small group of protesters who were gathered in Diyarbakır city center wanted to walk through the municipality building, they were almost immediately dispersed by security forces.
According to Aydınlık sources in the city, HDP Co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ did not participate in the protest although she was in Diyarbakır.
It was reported that the staff of the Diyarbakır Municipality did not also join the protest despite the text message sent by the HDP office to the municipality staff and the local media organs.
The HDP's call to protest the detention of Kışanak and Anlı in the city squares across the country was not effective as the number of protesters in the cities such as İstanbul, İzmir and Bursa where the party got %10-14 of votes in the last elections did not exceed 100 people.
A shopkeeper speaking to Aydınlık/Diyarbakır said "The life in Diyarbakır is indeed normal. No one cares about the HDP. The people of Diyarbakır do not respond their calls. The number of protesters decreased through the years. Apparently it will continue like that." He also added that the citizens no more tire themselves out for that exhausted political formation.
The Patriotic Party Deputy Chairman Utku Reyhan who has been in the region for a while said "Diyarbakır municipality has lost the people's support. There's no political activity in Ofis, Sur and Balıkçılar districts. People of Diyarbakır began to think that the PKK and its political wing, the HDP bring damage to the city and the region particularly after the long-run clashes in the city several months ago. People are seeking for a new political formation.
The PKK listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S, and EU resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July last year. Since then, PKK terrorist attacks have martyred more than 700 security personnel and also claimed the lives of many civilians, including women and children, while more than 8,000 PKK terrorists were killed in military operations.