U.S. speaks against banning pro-Kurdish party in Turkey

U.S. speaks against banning pro-Kurdish party in Turkey

The United States said a ban of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) would "further undermine" democracy in Turkey.

"We call on the government of Turkey to respect freedom of expression in line with protections in the Turkish constitution and with Turkey’s international obligations," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, AFP reported.

Yesterday, a Turkish prosecutor has asked the country's top court to ban the main pro-Kurdish opposition party, in a move the group branded a "political coup".

The prosecutor filed a case accusing the Peoples' Democratic Party - or HDP - of colluding with a banned Kurdish militant movement. The HDP, which is the third-largest party in Turkey's parliament, denies any links to the militants.

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