Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas called Kurds to the streets to protest against the state of emergency declared after the 15 July coup attempt. But a previouscall he made in 2014 led to a frenzy of violence known as the “6-7 October Events,” during which 50 people were killed by the protesters. One of the victims was a 15-year-old boy named Yasin Boru whose name became emblematic of the events since he was killed brutally. Defending his call to the street, Selahattin Demirtas said “How can protest marches be possible in such a climate? Yet the people are demonstrating resistance risking their lives in spite of this situation. They say ‘Oh, Demirtas called protesters to the street!’. I call again. The streets are legitimate. Resistance against atrocity is legitimate. They might say the streets are dangerous. Don’t get tricked by them.” – 4 October