Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spoken out against Diyarbakır police chief Recep Güven’s recent expression of sympathy over the deaths of militants, saying the government does not weep for the demise of “terrorists.”
“We do not cry for a terrorist who killed our sons and died during these efforts,” Erdoğan said today. “We do not use such expressions to please some people. Leave politics to politicians. Everyone should do their job.”
Güven previously said that people who were not touched by the death of a terrorist on the mountain were not human beings.
Güven also said he cried for the “lost sons” who went up to the mountains, according to Anatolian news agency.
“I could not offer him a normal life, and could not prevent him to be terrorized,” Güven said.
“I get touched by every terrorist. Tears and blood should not be Diyarbakır’s fate. This is a very beautiful region with its history and people. It raised very kind people, but now we are producing monsters, why? Due to the lack of inspection, control and because we cannot reach our people and cannot provide human-focused services, that’s all. We are all partly responsible for a child’s going up to mountains. Why don’t I make self-criticism?” he said.
Güven also said he would begin learning Kurdish to set an example to colleagues.