Turkish Authorities Drag Body of Kurdish Man, HDP Files Complaint

Haci Lokman Birlik (Source: Europics)
HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas tweeted a photo of the incident with a caption vowing not to forget the atrocity that had taken place

HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas tweeted a photo of the incident with a caption vowing not to forget the atrocity that had taken place

From The Armenian Weekly

Images and videos surfaced this past weekend that appeared to show an armored police vehicle dragging the body of a Kurdish man tied by the neck to the back of the vehicle.  Much of the state controlled media in the country quickly questioned the authenticity of the footage, but later said it was likely done as safety precaution. The pro-AKP Aksam daily claimed that dragging bodies was a “routine practice” that is performed across the world as a security precaution, for dead bodies suspected of being booby-trapped.

It was later discovered that the body was of Hacı Lokman Birlik, the brother-in-law of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Member of Parliemant Leyla Birlik. Turkey’s Today’s Zaman newspaper said that Birlik was buried after a funeral on Saturday in the Dicle neighborhood in Sirnak, and that local HDP authorities including Leyla Birlik attended the funeral.

While the circumstances of Birlik’s death are still unclear, the HDP held that Birlik was “executed by police,” as security forces attempted to fill in trenches dug by Sirnak residents who wished to keep police out.

During an interview with HaberTurk TV, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reportedly said, “Our interior ministry … will conduct a comprehensive investigation, not into the incident itself, but into the way in which this incident was reflected to the world.”

“It is unacceptable to treat any corpse this way, even if it is a dead terrorist,” Davutoglu was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Haci Lokman Birlik (Source: Europics)

Haci Lokman Birlik (Source: Europics)

HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas tweeted a photo of the incident with a caption vowing not to forget the atrocity that had taken place. “Take a good look at this photo. It was taken in Şırnak the day before yesterday. Nobody should forget this photo, because we will not,” read the caption in Turkish.

On Oct. 7, the HDP said in a written statement that the party’s lawyer had filed a complaint about the incident. The party also began the process of tabling a parliamentary motion condemning the act.

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2 Comments

  1. Norin said:

    Gyottaoglu and his pig culture are still stuck in the early 20th century during the time if that goat molester Ataturk. Killing someone and dragging the corpse shows little respect for basic human dignity. These
    A-holes are supposed to be a “modern secular state”? They are still stuck back in their primitive barbaric past. Let this image also burn into every Tom, Dick, and Harry Armenian that tried hard to be an intellectual rather than a warrior. Every Armenian should out has a cache of weapons and always be ready , the Fatherland may need you soon. No more churches, we need more SMERCHES and other weapons of war. This is what these animals did to our ancestors 100 years ago , and given the chance they would attempt it again. But we will be ready with a deadly response this time.

  2. Raffi said:

    ”The pro-AKP Aksam daily claimed that dragging bodies was a “routine practice” that is performed across the world as a security precaution, for dead bodies suspected of being booby-trapped”. …The pro-AKP Aksam daily believes that Kurds and the world at large are stupid, this is a proof how the governing body in Turkey are out of touch with reality.

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