Party offices stormed, Kurdistan flags taken down in Diyarbakir
The offices of three pro-Kurdish parties in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir were stormed by the police on Monday, and Kurdistan national flags erected outside the offices were taken down. The flags were erected on the occasion of 17 December Kurdistan Flag Day, Rudaw said.
Polisin arama yaptığı Azadi Hareketi'nin Diyarbakır'daki binasına asılı Kürdistan bayrakları toplandı pic.twitter.com/FEHD5TlpcB— Kurdistan24 Türkçe (@K24Turkce) December 19, 2022
The police also conducted searches in the offices of Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), Socialist Party of Kurdistan (PSK) and Azadi Movement.
PSK chair Bayram Bozyel said on Twitter:
"Extreme intolerance against values of Kurdistan. Upon a signal by racist-fascist circles, security forces storm PSK's Diyarbakir offices and take down Kurdistan flags. This intolerance against the values of Kurds and Kurdistan is not acceptable, we strongly denounce it."
Azadi Movement's leader Metin Pirani announced on Twitter that their offices were encircled by the police:
"To the attention of the patriotic public and our friends. The offices of our movement is under a police blockade right now."
The Kurdistan national flag is the official flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Turkey has a general consulate in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).