Editor’s note: This article is in Rudlaw, the pro-Turkish publication run by the Erbil government that invited the Turkish Army into Iraq in violation of that nations sovereignty.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey – Leaders of the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) have called on people in Diyarbakir to take to the streets against the siege of Sur by the Turkish military.
The Kurdish town of Sur with an estimated population of 120,000 has been under siege for almost three weeks by the Turkish army, said Rudaw correspondent in Diyarbakir Mashallah Dakak.
Leaders and politicians from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) have added their voice to the condemnation of the siege and asked people to protest on the streets.
Both parties plan to gather in front of the Diyarbakir municipality and march towards Sur to break the siege.
Ankara said this week that it has poured thousands of soldiers and police backed by tanks and helicopters into the Kurdish areas of Diyarbakir to drive out fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Reports from the scene say that many civilians have been killed in the confrontations as thousands more are stranded.
Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported that residents have been fleeing in large numbers.
The military has declared several curfews in Sur and surrounding areas since the outbreak of clashes between the army and the PKK.