Turkey.. “Mothers of Diyarbakir” sit-in enters its 769th day


The “Mothers of Diyarbakir” have persistently continued their sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for 769 days, in the hope that they would bring back their kidnapped sons from the PKK terrorist organization.


The name “Mothers of Diyarbakir” was given to a group of women who launched a sit-in in the state of “Diyarbakir” in southeastern Turkey on September 3, 2019, and expanded later.

The mothers accuse the HDP of being involved in deceiving and kidnapping young people and sending them to fight in the ranks of the terrorist organization.

In an interview with reporters, Rahima Tashji said that she came from the state of “Kars” in southern Turkey to participate in the sit-in, hoping to recover her son Farouk, who was kidnapped by the organization 8 years ago.

Tashji confirmed that she would continue the sit-in until she met her son Farouk, and called on the latter to surrender to the security forces.


In turn, Abdullah Demir said that he is also participating in the sit-in in front of the Peoples Democratic Party’s headquarters to demand the return of his son Fateh, who was kidnapped 5 years ago.

He added, “We want our sons, and the HDP must return them to us, just as I transferred them (to the ranks of the PKK), and we will not leave our place until our sons return.”

Demir called on his son to flee the organization and surrender to the security forces.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his support for the sit-in on more than one occasion.

As well as supporting ministers, politicians, artists, journalists, writers, athletes, civic organizations, clerics and individuals from all segments of society.


The sit-in is also supported by the Association of Mothers of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and European Parliament Member Tomas Zdechovsky.

In addition to ambassadors in Ankara, they visited the state of Diyarbakir and met with the sit-in.