Demirtas: “Time for 85 million to be of one heart”

Demirtas: “Time for 85 million to be of one heart”
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HDP’s former co-Chair Demirtas called for solidarity following Turkey’s devastating earthquakes

Imprisoned Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas called Turkey’s 85 million to be of one heart, following the disastrous earthquakes that hit Southeastern Turkey on Monday.

“We’re watching in pain. Thousands of our brothers under the rubble, the freezing cold, the cries for help... It might not have been like this. Let's first heal our wounds with solidarity, then everyone who needs to be held accountable, will be held accountable. But now is the time for solidarity, the time for 85 million to be one heart,” Demirtas said via Twitter.

At least 1,651 people were killed and 11,119 injured in two major earthquakes that struck Southeastern Turkey on Monday.

Kahramanmaras province was the epicenter of both quakes, first with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale on 04:17 a.m. local time and the second with a magnitude of 7.6 on 01:24 p.m. local time.