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AT LEAST three people were hospitalised on Saturday as scores of police attacked the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) provincial offices in Ankara, preventing party members from holding a press conference against the war on Syria.
The event had been planned for outside the party’s offices in the Turkish capital, but police arrived to stop HDP officials from speaking.
They stormed the HDP offices and blocked people inside, stopping them from protesting against Turkey’s war and invasion of northern Syria, where artillery fire and drone attacks continue despite a ceasefire agreement.
HDP activists remained defiant, chanting: “HDP is the people” and “Long live the Rojava resistance” in the face of violent attacks from the police.
Sources told the Morning Star that at least three people were injured, with video footage appearing to show activists being carried out of the building.
A planned rally on Saturday was banned by the authorities who are escalating a crackdown on those opposing Turkey’s war.
More than 150 HDP activists have been detained over the past week, with elected co-mayors from border towns taken into custody on terror charges as they call for peace.
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