Turkish nationalist leader calls for death penalty, targets Manbij and Raqqa

Devlet Bahceli calls for a reinstallment of death penalty (Anadolu Agency).

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli expressed support for the reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey in the party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

“The traitors have declared they aren’t afraid of the death penalty and our people support its reinstallation, so it is our duty to prepare the legal framework in parliament and give the the enemies of Turkey their deserved punishment,” said the party leader.

Bahceli also spoke of the Euphrates Shield operation in Syria. “After al-Bab, the turn has come to Raqqa,” he said, stressing that Turkey under no circumstances could be on the same side as the YPG (People’s Protection Units).

“It’s about defending Turkey. Turkey must show its will and remain persistent on Raqqa and Manbij,” he said.

Manbij has been part of the Rojava autonomous framework since August 2016 when the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pushed the Islamic State (IS) group out of the city. The US and SDF are carrying out a campaign against the IS-stronghold of Raqqa.

Turkey has proposed alternative plans to the US to take Raqqa in northern Syria without involving the Kurds.