The PES condemns the ethnic killing of entire Kurdish family in Central Turkey

31/07/2021

Police officers spray tear gas at the protesters during the demonstration yesterday in Ankara against the ethic killings of Kurds in Turkey. Thousands of people rally on the streets of major cities in Turkey the day after the killings in Konya. (Photo Belga)

Police officers spray tear gas at the protesters during the demonstration yesterday in Ankara against the ethic killings of Kurds in Turkey. Thousands of people rally on the streets of major cities in Turkey the day after the killings in Konya. (Photo Belga)

The PES strongly condemns the armed assault against a private residence in Turkey, which took the lives of seven citizens last Friday. The attack, driven by ethnic hate against the Kurdish minority took place in the central Konya province in Turkey.

This latest assault was one of many similar incidents in Afyon, Ankara and Konya provinces in the country lately.

PES president Stanishev said:
“We condemn this ethnically motivated horrible act against the Kurdish minority in Turkey. The Turkish authorities must do everything to find and prosecute the perpetrators and to put the ethnic crimes against Kurds to an end. We stand in solidarity with the victims and with our friends from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), who are defending the civil rights of Kurds in Turkey.”

The latest of this ethnically motivated attacks was against the Dedeoğulları family, 7 of which were killed in their own residence at around 7 p.m. local time (4 p.m. GMT) on 30 of July. Protests against the horrible act took place across Turkey the next day.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu rejected claims that the attack was racially motivated, which creates a dangerous precedent.  The Party of European Socialists will follow closely the investigation. We call the authorities in Turkey not to allow police brutality against the peaceful protesters in the days after the latest hate crimes.