Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) planned marches from 15 cities to be completed on the 100th day of Leyla Guven’s hunger strike in Amed to support the hunger strikers protesting the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan.
One of the arms of the march was Hakkari, with the motto “Towards Leyla on Day 100 To Break the Isolation”.
Turkish police took positions in various locations throughout the city before the march in the morning.
Hakkari MP Sait Dede, Amed MP Saliha Aydeniz, HDP Province Co-chairs Sinan Kaya and Zeynep Kaya, Hakkari Co-mayoral Candidates Cihan Kahraman and Seher Kadiroglu Atas, Cukurca Co-mayoral Candidates Hividar Ertunc and Ebubekir Kanar and a large crowd was met with police obstruction as they left the party offices.
HDP members protested the police who said they wouldn’t allow the march and stated that they are determined. MPs Dede and Aydeniz left the building and started to walk, and the crowd followed. The police formed a barricade with their shields to stop the march.
HDP Hakkari Co-chair Sinan Kaya, Cukurca Co-mayoral candidate Ebubekir Kanar and Emine Armut, Hasan Engin, Emin Ertus, Kenan Kaya and several others were detained in the police attack.