peoples democratic party

middle east

Turkish Police Blocked Entry to a Party Meeting That Threatened Erdogan's Presidential Plans

Erdogan is seeking a "completely new constitution" for Turkey, which would effectively give him considerably more authority by centralizing power in the office of the president rather than in parliament.
Tess Owen
5.15.16
Europe

Fist Fights and Slurs as Turkey Moves to Strip 'Terrorist' MPs of Immunity

Turkish politicians have been fist-fighting over a controversial proposal to strip members of parliaments of immunity from prosecution, which it's alleged is aimed at Kurds only.
VICE News
5.3.16
middle east

Turkey Raids Kurdish Party Offices — While Hoping It Will Contribute to a New Constitution

Turkish police detained senior local officials from the pro-Kurdish HDP in a raid on one of its Istanbul offices, days after President Tayyip Erdogan said he backed legal action against its members.
VICE News and Reuters
1.8.16
middle east

Caught Between the Islamic State and Erdogan: Turkey's Most Important Opposition Politician Talks to VICE News

VICE News sat down with Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of HDP and figurehead of the Kurdish political movement in Turkey, as violence between security forces and PKK militants continues to escalate.
John Beck
12.18.15
middle east

Pro-Kurdish Political Leader Calls for Resistance Against Turkish Security Operation

Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), urged local residents to embrace "honorable resistance" after fierce urban fighting that state media claims has killed dozens of Kurdish militants.
John Beck
12.18.15
politics

Turkey Is Prosecuting Two Kids for Ripping Down Posters of President Erdogan

The prosecutor's office in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir said that it would seek to put the boys behind bars for up to four and a half years on charges of "insulting the Turkish president."
Avi Asher-Schapiro
10.28.15
middle east

How President Erdogan Is Casting a Dark Shadow Over Turkey's Election

Turkey goes to the polls on Sunday for the second time this year. And much has changed since June's general election, including a "war on terror," renewed insurgent violence, and unprecedented terror attacks.
John Beck
10.28.15
VICE News

Video Shows Turkish Police Storming Opposition Media Offices Days Before Election

Days before an election, Turkey is cracking down on companies linked to a US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. After today's raids, brawls broke out and police sprayed water cannon to disperse dozens of people.
Reuters News Agency
10.28.15
middle east

Ankara Bombing Suspects Had Links to Islamic State and Kurds, Turkish Government Claims

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that both the Islamic State and Kurdish rebels "are likely to have played an active role” in Saturday's suicide bombings.
Reuters and VICE News
10.14.15
middle east

Video Shows Turkish Nationalists Attacking Pro-Kurdish Party Offices in Capital

Tensions are running high ahead of snap November elections following the collapse of a ceasefire between the Turkish government and Kurdish insurgents.
Reuters and VICE News
9.9.15
middle east

Turkish Authorities Arrest Dutch Journalist for the Second Time This Year

Veteran Dutch reporter Fréderike Geerdink was detained on Sunday by authorities in southeastern Turkey while she covered a Kurdish opposition group.
Gillian Mohney
9.6.15
middle east

Turkey Is Denying Entry to Bodies of YPG Fighters Killed Fighting IS

VICE News visited the Turkish border to meet relatives of YPG members killed fighting the Islamic State. It's thought the sudden refusal to let 13 bodies enter Turkey is a political move.
John Beck
8.3.15
0102