Demirtas says “he has never felt alone despite being held as a hostage in prison”
Imprisoned Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas said “he has never felt alone in his political life” despite being held as a hostage behind bars, amid allegations that he was being excluded from the Kurdish political movement after he condemned a PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party) attack.
“On the contrary, I have always been surrounded in crowds, and I continue to be. Are there those who want to isolate me? Of course there are. That's why I'm being held hostage in jail. However, I did not waste a single day in prison. I work at least as much as outside, I am at least as busy,” former Co-Chair of HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) Demirtas said in a written message to Turkish Fox TV.
Earlier, Kurdish author Orhan Miroglu, who is currently part of the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) elite claimed that “the PKK pulled the rope of Selahattin Demirtas” and “there will be no going back"
Demirtas replied that he has always waged a political struggle with a very large crowd.
“Together with our people, we have always responded to the attempts of those who want to isolate me. So I can say with all my heart and with confidence that I am not alone," he said.
On Friday, Deutsche Welle Turkish claimed that Demirtas requested permission from the HDP administration for an online meeting with PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been serving in Imrali prison but that request was turned down.
Instead, HDP Co-Chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar applied to the ministry of justice to meet Ocalan themselves, DW reported.
However, HDP denied this allegation.