Garo Paylan, lawmaker of the Turkish Parliament from the People's Democratic Party, says that he underwent violence by the lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party during the constitutional committee meeting only because he is Armenian, Bianet.org reports.
He thinks that the attack was planned beforehand. Paylan said that he underwent violence because he expressed his disagreement with the intention to deprive the Kurdish lawmakers of deputy immunity. "Over 15 people attacked me and delivered over 100 blows on me within 20-30 seconds because I am Armenian and I am a human rights advocate", he said, noting that the relevant video footage shows all the details of the incident. However, he is not going to apply to court because he does not believe in justice in that country.
To note, during the debates on the bill aimed at depriving the Kurdish MPs of deputy immunity, the ruling party's representatives attacked the Kurdish lawmakers for 3 days in a row. On May 3, the target of the Justice and Development Party was Garo Paylan. Earlier, Paylan reminded his colleagues of the Armenian lawmakers killed in 1915, showing them the lawmakers' portraits. Some of the Turkish MPs were discontent with Paylan's speech and were trying to hinder it.