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Fist fight erupts in Turkish Parliament between AKP HDP deputies

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Another fist fight broke out in the Turkish Parliament between deputies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on April 27.

Fisticuffs erupted after HDP rnak deputy Ferhat Encü opened his speech in parliament by “commemorating all civilians and children massacred by law enforcement officers.”

“I remember the civilians recently massacred by shelling in [the southeastern town of] Silopi. I remember the 34 people including children who were brutally bombed by Turkish warplanes in Roboski four years ago” said Encü referring to the Uludere (Roboski) incident in which 34 people all of whom were relatives of Encü were killed by a Turkish jet airstrike on the Iraq border in late 2011.

“You may not like it but unfortunately these things are true” he added.

During the speech AKP deputies reacted angrily and startedshouting declaring Encü a supporter of the outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK).

“You are a murderer. You support murderers. You are despicable. You are a terrorist and a defender of murderers. You should be in jail. You came from the mountains” the AKP MPs were heard shouting referring to the Kandil Mountains that are known as the PKK’s headquarters in northern Iraq.

In response Encü said “those accusing him of being a terrorist are the real terrorists.”

After a fight erupted between the MPs Deputy Parliament Speaker Ahmet Aydn declared a break in proceedings. The next session of the General Assembly is due to be held on May 2.

Encü later wrote on his Twitter account that he was “not afraid” of the AKP deputies who targeted him in parliament.

“They attempted to lynch me for commemorating the civilians massacred by the law enforcement officers.They think that the officers don’t kill. Is that so? If you’ve had just a little honor you wouldn’t say that to me as 34 of my own relatives were massacred by the law enforcement” he also wrote.

The fight broke out during debates on a draft bill to establish a supervisory commission to oversee law enforcement officers’ compliance with the law which was opened on April 27.

The draft suggested the commission would be led by the Interior Ministry’s undersecretary and have seven members who would work to enhance the law enforcement complaint system as well as make it function transparently improve its credibility and centralize the recording of processes initiated against law enforcement officers for their alleged crimes and offenses.

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