The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation on Dec. 28 over the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair's remarks on autonomy as a part of articles regarding crimes against constitutional order and its operation in the Turkish criminal law.
HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş broached the possibility of building an independent Kurdistan on Dec. 27 while speaking at a conference in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
“This resistance will end with victory, and everybody will respect the people's will. Kurds will, from now on, be the political will in their own region. During these days when a historical breaking point is emerging, our people will decide whether [to live in] a dictatorship or freedom and whether to live under one man's tyranny or in autonomy,” Demirtaş said in a speech delivered at the opening of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) conference.
“We have made the decision on that. Turkey's west should also join this decision that is made and lend support. There will be the reality of Kurdistan in the next century. Perhaps, Kurds will have their own independent state, the federal state, and cantons and autonomous regions as well” he added.
Meanwhile, the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor's Office also opened a separate investigation into DTK co-chair Hatip Dicle over his remarks supporting ‘autonomy.'