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Garo Paylan says he was attacked in Turkish parliament for being ethnic Armenian

YEREVAN, MAY 3, ARMENPRESS. Garo Paylan, Armenian member of the Turkish parliament representing Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), has announced that he was attacked by MPs representing the ruling “Justice and Development Party” (JDP) on May 2 during the discussion of depriving the Kurdish MPs of immunity for being ethnic Armenian, “Armenpress” reports Garo Paylan told Turkish Bianet website on May 3.

“It is evident that the members of JDP had targeted me in advance as several JDP representatives attacked me in a coordinated manner”, Paylan said, adding that the attacks were accompanied with racist and xenophobic claims.

In his words, the JDP members attacked him after he dismissed the announcement of the Justice Minister of Turkey claiming that HDP members had abused other MPs during the previous session.

“I just said that no, it is not the case, which was followed by the attacks of 10-15 people. The attack had been planned in advance, and the reason was that I am an ethnic Armenian. I have posted that footage in the social networks. Those interested can watch it and make sure”, Paylan said.

He added that those who attacked him were shouting “Garo is here, Garo is here”.

Garo Paylan found it unreasonable to take the case to a judicial body, mentioning that if it happens in the Turkish parliament, he cannot have any positive expectations from the Turkish judiciary controlled by the JDP. “

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