In January, prosecutors charged 108 counts with 29 counts and sentenced them to several years in prison.
More than 100 people who have joined the Kurdish-backed party have been sentenced in the Turkish capital Ankara for being allowed to stage violent protests in 2014.
In January, prosecutors filed 108 counts of felony criminal mischief and 29 counts of felony criminal mischief for firing on a sculpture with intent to commit felony criminal mischief.
The Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) says the trial is politically motivated and will soon come under attack by the government.
Among the critics are former HDP leaders accused of plotting and inciting violence despite their involvement. committing acts of violence.
On Monday, the trial began in earnest when lawyers withdrew outside the courtroom, challenging a court committee’s refusal to allow more lawyers and saying this violated the right to self-defense.
Defendants said they could not answer court questions without their lawyers.
All of these cases relate to the “Kobane protests” that took place on October 6 to 8, 2014, when ISIL (ISIS) was near the Kobane town in Syria on the Turkish border.
When ISIL fighters seized territories and invaded Kobane, Syrian Kurdish troops attacked them in battle.
Many Kurds in Turkey have been outraged by allegations that the Turkish government has done nothing to address ISIL, demanding that Ankara open the border and allow the help of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Ankara considers YPG as a “terrorist” group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group within its borders, and has made several trips to Syria with the help of Syrian rebels who have returned to push YPG fighters from the border. Turkey.
The PKK has been at war with Turkey since 1984 and is known as a “terrorist” by Turkey, the United States and others.
During the war in Kobane, Turkey and the PKK prison leader negotiated, with which HDP politicians take part.
The protests turned violent
Small demonstrations were taking place in the past but grew in HDP, on October 6, 2014, when it issued a “urgent call” for people to take to the streets to protest the ISIL insurgency and to “stop” the Turkish government in Kobane.
The protests turned violent but the HDP said their calls were peaceful and that the perpetrators had caused unrest.
A 3,350-page ruling states that 37 people were killed, 761 – including hundreds of law enforcement officials – were injured, 197 schools were burned, 269 government buildings were destroyed, 1,731 homes and businesses were confiscated and 1,230 vehicles were not tested.
The Kurdish-backed government is trying to start a civil war and is taking orders from the PKK, saying the party cannot be the same as the PKK.
Turkish media outlet Anadolu said 28 of the detainees were in jail, six were being held without trial and the rest, including PKK officials, were refugees.
Selahattin Demirtas, who led the HDP and ran for president twice, is accused of speaking out and tweeting allegations of violence.
Demirtas has been in prison since November 2016 on a number of charges and remains in custody despite being ordered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Former HDP president Figen Yuksekdag has also been in jail since 2016. The pair are expected to appear in court via video link.
The HDP, which has seen massive damage and faces closed threats, denies all allegations and says the case is “forcing and cleansing Kurdish political opponents and democrats”.