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New war against Kurds: Referendum

It has claimed that a new plan, which belongs to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, includes cities that already have been destroyed and displaced. HDP Şırnak deputy Leyla Birlik claimed this plan is a continuation of the “Çökertme” and the Three Crescent Plans issued in 2015 and the aim is to prevent the Kurds from going to the polls, artıgerçek reported.

The new operations has been claimed to going to take place in Şırnak, Idil, Cizre, Silopi, Hakkari Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova, Mardin Dargeçit, Drik, Kızıltepe and Nusaybin.

According to pro-government Sabah daily Newspaper, the war that was declared on July 2015 and the similar operations, which initiated towards Kurdish cities, will be started before the referendum. It was argued that the plan, prepared by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, is “to prevent the PKK from leaking beyond the border before the referendum”.

According to a statement made by the Human Rights Association (IHD) and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) in June 2016, 425 people lost their lives, 2 thousand 583 people were injured and 2 million people were affected from previous operations. Sirnak and many other cities were destroyed.

HDP Şırnak deputy Leyla Birlik said that the purpose of bringing such operations to the agenda was to create fear before the election and added that there is not any real threat to security of referendum.

The Birlik expressed the main fear of government is the crowd gathered during Newroz celebrations and is attitude of people. Birlik said: “The Kurds in the referendum have made clear their attitude. They showed that their choice is going to be NO. The collapsed city Cizre is the most concrete example of this. Despite all obstacles and destructions, people poured into the fields. The NO choice turned out to be strong. This is going to be an attempt to prevent this. They are trying to prevent the Kurds from going to their polls. “


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