The leftist group kidnapped Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz on Tuesday by storming a court house building in Istanbul.
Mitchell Wiecek (The Pontiac Tribune) — Turkish authorities negotiated with a leftist rebel group that kidnapped a key prosecutor in the case of a fifteen year old named Berkin Elvan. The teenager was killed by police amidst an anti-government protests in 2014.
The leftist group kidnapped Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz on Tuesday by storming a court house building in Istanbul. They proceeded to take videos and pictures of themselves with the prosecutor as their hostage which they paraded onto social media. Demands were also made stating that the officers who were responsible for the death of Elvan must come on national television to confess their crimes.
The group that took the Turkish prosecutor hostage are known as the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/ Front). A group outlawed in Turkey for quite some time after waging a long running battle with the state and its security forces.
DHKP-C also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a US embassy in Ankara back in 2013.
Istanbul police chief Selami Altinok (R), Deputy Chief Prosecutor Orhan Kapici (L)
On Tuesday Istanbul’s chief of police announced they were looking into peaceful, non-violent solutions to the situation. Negotiations were carried out for six hours after this statement was made. When gun shots were heard on the rebels end of the phone, the negotiations came to a halt.
It was after that when Turkish security forces stormed the courthouse, which erupted into a shootout. When the shots ended the prosecutor, as well as the men holding him hostage, were all dead.
It is sad to see this situation end in such a tragic outcome but situations like these stem from a long history of Kurdish oppression in Turkey. These people are desperate for real change and real justice.
If you truly want to end terrorism such as this, then you must examine the root cause of it.
At the height of negotiations Berkin Elvan’s father was brought in to attempt convincing the rebels that they should stop the madness and release the prosecutor.
Following the shootout Mr. Elvan was quoted as saying,
We want justice. We don’t want anyone to shed even a drop of blood. We don’t want other mothers to cry.
We fought hard for non-violence. We are heartbroken.
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