According to the report, the PKK tortured Yıldırım to intimidate other mayors who have refused to obey PKK orders and donate money to the terrorist organization. It also wished to threaten those who will run in the coming local elections as BDP mayoral candidates in regions where the PKK has an active role.Yıldırım was previously expelled from the BDP without reason and was pressured to resign from his post, according to previous media reports. However, Yıldırım resisted and continued on as mayor, despite unidentified people throwing Molotov cocktail at his house in what appeared to be warnings from the PKK.