A sit-in protest against the YPG/PKK terror group continued Tuesday in the southeastern Diyarbakir province of Turkey, with parents demanding the return of their kidnapped children.
Protesters camped outside the offices of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) vowed to stay until every child is brought back.
Dozens of mothers began protesting Sept. 3, 2019, outside the offices of the HDP, a party accused by Ankara of having links to the YPG/PKK terror group.
Kamile Kucukdag’s child was abducted in 2015 by the terror group at age 15 and she appealed to her son to surrender to security forces.
“They have to bring our children just as they kidnapped,” she said and pleaded for the nation to pray for the kidnapped children’s return on the holiest night for Muslims.
Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, is the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan when the first revelation of the Quran was given to Prophet Muhammad. This year it will be observed Tuesday night in Turkey.
“They captured our children in the mountain and sentenced us to their doorstep,” Kucukdag said, and vowed that demonstrators will not leave until their children return.
Through tears, she accused the HDP of tricking her child into joining the terror group, and said the terror group’s brainwashing children led to tears for mothers.
Abdullah Demir, whose son was also abducted in 2015, stressed the families’ determination to continue to demonstrate.
“The grief of losing a child is tough,” he said.
“Eid is coming, we are here again. We cannot go to our house to celebrate our holiday,” Demir said, adding his family has not celebrated the festive holiday marking the end of Ramadan since his son’s left.
Offenders in Turkey linked to terrorist groups who surrender are eligible for possible sentence reductions under a repentance law.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.
*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin
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