World Bulletin / News Desk
An ultranationalist youth group attempted to attack deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) at a teacher's lodge in the Black Sea province of Sinop, where they had arrived for a meeting on Monday.
The ultranationalist youth organization is known as Ülkü Ocakları and is affiliated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
The BDP deputies had traveled to Sinop from Çorum as part of efforts to explain to the people of the Black Sea region the peace talks, which began when politicians entered into negotiations with the imprisoned leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan.
Police had a difficult time controlling the angry group, which shouted such slogans as “We don't want the PKK in Sinop” and “Martyrs don't die; the homeland cannot be divided.” The group broke some of the windows of the teacher's lodge. One of the group members made it to inside the building and attempted to enter the room where the BDP deputies were meeting, but he was removed by policemen. The protesters also threw stones and eggs at the vehicles carrying the deputies.
When the protesters refused to disperse after several hours, police used pepper spray and tear gas on the crowd. The spray and gas also affected passersby. The group left the venue thereafter.
Many Turkish flags were hung on the exterior walls of residential apartments as well as stores prior to the arrival of the BDP deputies in the province in an apparent gesture to protest their presence. BDP deputies Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Sebahat Tuncel and Ertuğrul Kürkçü as well as independent deputy Levent Tüzel and members of the People's Democratic Congress (HDK) arrived in Sinop at about noon.
The Sinop Ülkü Ocakları had distributed flyers on Monday, calling on residents to hang Turkish flags before the arrival of the BDP deputies. In the flyers, the Ülkü Ocakları claimed that projects have been undertaken to divide Turkey and the deputies were referred to as traitors.Last Mod: 18 Şubat 2013, 16:53