Erdoğan says Turkey showed 3 mayors door for serving terror
"Turkey showed them [three dismissed HDP-member mayors] door, since they did not serve people, rather terrorists. Turkey can not 'sit and watch' those who hold hands with terrorism," Turkish President Erdoğan said in his remarks as refering to the removals of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van mayors, who are from the Peoples' Democratic Party, that has been accused of having links to the PKK terror group.
"If they put the families of our martyrs in front of the municipality, and serve terrorists rather than people, we will also show them the door," Erdoğan said in an event in the capital Ankara.
Earlier this week, mayors of the cities of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van were suspended. They are facing terrorism charges.
The mayors -- Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, Ahmet Türk, and Bedia Özgökçe Ertan -- are from the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a party Turkey's government has accused of having links to the PKK terror group.
Erdoğan said Turkey cannot "sit and watch" those in cahoots with terrorists.
He slammed all those who stayed silent when similar issues recurred in countries like Spain and France, but raised a hue and cry when Turkey took similar security measures.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.