Turkish police detain academic in KCK probe

Police have detained Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) member Professor Büşra Ersanlı, along with nearly 70 party members, in an operation against the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) in Istanbul today.

Prof. Büşra Ersanlı (L) is seen with BDP deputy Ayla Akat Ata in this file photo. AA photo

Prof. Büşra Ersanlı (L) is seen with BDP deputy Ayla Akat Ata in this file photo. AA photo

Ersanlı, a political science professor at Marmara University, is a member of the BDP party assembly and has a seat on the party’s charter preparation commission, which is working toward drafting a new constitution. The BDP is primarily focused on the Kurdish issue.

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş reacted harshly to the detentions, asking for the immediate release of all detainees, including Ersanlı, saying the detentions continued “on the prime minister’s bidding.”

“We want universal justice to act, not the government’s justice,” he said.

Demirtaş said an unconstitutional process was being carried out and it was “becoming impossible to discuss [a new] constitution.”

“There will not be any staff left in the BDP to appoint to the Parliament’s charter commission if the detentions continue,” he said.

The KCK is accused of being the urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is itself listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community.

Friday, October 28, 2011
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency (DHA)