On Thursday, a new family joined the sit-in launched by a group of mothers in 2019 in front of the headquarters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, to demand the return of their children kidnapped by the terrorist PKK organization.
The number of families participating in the sit-in rose to 304 after the joining of the mother, Khadija Demir, who came from the southern province of Gaziantep, hoping to recover her two sons, Yaqoub and Muhammad.
In statements to reporters, Demir said that she came from Nizip district in Gaziantep for her two sons, who were deceived by the terrorist organization 6 years ago, and she has not received any news about them until today.
Since September 3, 2019, families have continued their sit-in in front of the party headquarters, which they accuse of helping the terrorist organization kidnap children and young people to the mountains and deceive them to fight in its ranks against Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously expressed his support for the sit-in participants on more than one occasion, as well as support for ministers, politicians, artists, journalists, writers, athletes, civic organizations, clerics and individuals from all segments of society.
The sit-in is also supported by the “Srebrenica Mothers’ Association” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Parliament Member Tomas Zdechovsky, and ambassadors in Ankara who visited Diyarbakir and met the sit-in.
The PKK is a terrorist organization operating in several countries in the region, including Syria, Iraq and Iran, and Turkey is combating it in response to the attacks it is launching against its citizens and forces.