Describing the current political situation in Turkey after the arrests of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs, MPs and many other Kurdish officials, including the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-chair, HDP spokesman Ayhan Bilgen told ANF, “At this point, the political institution is no longer in control of the process anymore, it is directly the people itself. Otherwise, further attacks will not only be limited against the party.”
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party entered parliament for the first time in the June 2015 general elections, preventing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) from getting back into power. The government began its crackdown on the party ever since, accusing the party and its members of terrorism, jailing officials and co-chairs, carrying out raids on homes and detaining its members.
It soon became an all-out war against the six million people who voted for the HDP in the November 1 ‘snap elections’, as their free will became trampled by the authoritian AKP party. As the pressure against pro-Kurdish parties and its officials continues, three points are clear: The Kurds will not give into the state policy. They will not be silent against their policies. They will voice their demands at whichever part of the world they are in.
HDP Spokesman Ayhan Bilgen noted that ever since 10 of the party’s MPs including the co-chairs Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas were arrested on November 4, at least 400 HDP members were detained until today.
Bilgen stated, “Ever since 15 July [coup attempt], more than six thousand of our friends were detained. More than two thousand friends have also been arrested. For us, this process is a post-modern shutdown method. This is neither a situation which can be argued lawfully or technically. If it was like that, they say ‘because they didn’t give testimony’ but they had to let them go after they gave testimony. It’s evident that the problem isn’t how they claim and how they describe it to be.”
Noting that the foreign press and parties are following the unlawful and unjust practises implemented by the government on the HDP closely, as shown in the last HDP group parliamentary meeting where many foreign representatives attended, Ayhan said, “Everyone wishes to see, understand what’s going on from close up and from the first hand. Because this is an irrational situation. A clear liquidation and attack like this may as well be a tableau hard to understand for the rest of the world too.”
“At this point, the political institution is no longer in control of the process, it is directly the people itself. International solidarity, support is certainly important but the people are the ones who should be controlling politics and following MPs. This process will be as successful to the extent the attitude of determination and clarity is shown. Otherwise further attacks will not only be limited to the party, unions and NGOs. So it will spread everywhere,” added Bilgen, stating that the government is even intolerant of posters which says ‘Don’t touch my will, don’t touch my MP’.