The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested to a group of lawyers during Turkey’s “Lawyer’s Day” that supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) could be stripped of their citizenship in order to deter future attacks inside the country.
“Perhaps we are dying one by one, but at least we are killing them in their tens, twenties and thirties. This is continuing like that. We have to be resolute in taking all measures to incapacitate supporters of the terror organization, including stripping them of their citizenship. They cannot even be our citizens.”
Erdogan, who has come under international scrutiny for his restrictions on freedom of press in Turkey, is now pushing parliament to crackdown on PKK supporters around the country.
The PKK has been designated as a terrorist group in Turkey for several years now; however, in 2012, it appeared that the Erdogan regime was working towards ending the decade long conflict – he would change his mind in 2015.