Turkey pro-Kurdish party warns of ‘civil war’

Times Of Turkey HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas says Kurds are facing a "campaign of lynching" after wave of attacks by nationalists.

The leader of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party HDP warned the country was being dragged into a “civil war” after a wave of attacks on its offices by nationalists outraged by Kurdish rebel violence.

Tensions have risen sharply in Turkey in the past few days, as the government presses a major military operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters, and the rebels hit back with daily attacks against the army and police.

On Tuesday night, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ankara and other cities to condemn the increasingly bloody PKK assaults in the east, where two attacks killed 29 soldiers and police between Sunday and Tuesday.

The demonstrators took aim at the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), whom they accuse of collaborating with the PKK, setting fire to a room in the party’s headquarters in Ankara and also setting an office in the southern city of Alanya alight.

Turkish media said 93 people were detained in Istanbul alone over the attacks.