Erdogan accuses mayors of serving “terrorists”

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday defended his government’s decision to sack three pro-Kurdish mayors he accused of serving as “terrorists”, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Diyarbakır Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, Mardin Mayor Ahmed Turk and Mayor of Van Badi أوزa Ozgucci Ertan were sacked on Monday night after being elected on March 31, on suspicion of being linked to the PKK, which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization.

The three belong to the pro-Kurdish Democratic People’s Party.

The decision to sack the three mayors led to demonstrations in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, where police this week used water cannons to disperse protesters.

“Whoever puts his hand in the hands of terrorism, we will protect the power given by the people within the framework of the law until the end,” Erdogan was quoted as saying in Ankara.

If the mayors “serve the terrorists instead of the people … we will remove them,” he said.

The government appointed mayors rather than arrested mayors.

Erdogan’s government accuses the Peoples Democratic Party of being linked to the PKK, which has been waging an insurgency in Turkey since 1984.

But the party denies any link to the Labor Party.

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