Demirtas: Kurds will definitely not forget the slap on Ferhat Encu
Imprisoned Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas lashed out at the police after a police officer in Istanbul slapped a senior official of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) during a protest in Istanbul on Sunday.
On Sunday during a demonstration in Kadikoy district of Istanbul staged in solidarity with ill prisoners, a police officer started hassling Ferhat Encu, the Istanbul provincial head of the HDP, then slapped him on the face right in front of the cameras.
“This crime-inflicted government has long exceeded its limits. Kurds will definitely not forget the slap on Ferhat Encu. You haven't seen a slap yet. Wait for the elections, we will show you,” Demirtas said on Twitter.
At least 33 people including Ferhat Encu were detained, and +TV reporter Umut Tasdag was beaten up by the police during the demonstration.
Ferhat Encu is a former deputy who was arrested and stripped of his parliamentary immunity after a speech that he gave in the national assembly criticizing the government for their violence and mistreatment of the Kurds.