MÓTMÆLUM TYRKNESKUM FASISMA!
Þingmenn HDP flokksins í Tyrklandi, sem hliðhollur er málstað Kúrda - enda þingmenn flokksins að uppistöðu til úr þeirra röðum - sæta nú að nýju vaxandi ofsóknum. Í dag og í gær hafa þingmenn flokksins og starfsmenn verið fangelsaðir í stórum hópum og skrifstofum lokað. Það er að vísu ekkert nýtt - þannig hafði þinghelgi verið numin brott úr stjórnaskrá Tyrklands í maí - vel fyrir hina greinilega kærkomnu valdaránstilraun í júlí - og fjöldi þingmanna þá fangelsaðir.
Frá valdaránstilrauninni í júlí hafa um 80 þúsund manns (tölurnar eru nokkuð á reiki) verið teknir höndum og er talið að um helmingur þessa fólks sé enn haldið í fangelsi. Og nú fjölgar enn verulega í hópi þeirra sem eru á bak við lás og slá. Eins og fyrri daginn er um er að ræða kennara, dómara, lögreglumenn, fjölmiðlamenn, kjörna fulltrúa í sveitarstjórnum og fólk úr öðrum geirum þjóðfélagsins. Áherslan á Kúrda er þó greinileg.
Menn leita skýringa og gera margir því skóna að Erdogan forseti, vilji loka sem felsta gagnrýnendur sína inni komi til kosninga á næsta ári. Þetta verður ekki kallað annað en fasismi.
Á meðal hinna fangelsuðu nú eru þingmenn sem setið hafa á þingi
Evrópuráðsins en þaðan hafa borist hörð mótmæli í dag.
Það gladdi mjög hjarta mitt hve afdráttarlaust formaður Dómarafélags Íslands, Skúli Magnússon, hefur mótmælt ofbeldinu í dag í nafni íslenskra dómara og krafðist hann þess á fundi me utanríkisráðherra að ríkisstjórnin léti frá sér heyra á afgerandi hátt. Undir orð hans og hvatningu skal tekið.
Update on the Arrest of HDP Co-chairs and MPs
Last night the purge of President Erdogan against our party has reached another peak: our Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, along with ten further Members of Parliament (MP) of our party, namely Nursel Aydogan, Idris Baluken, Leyla Birlik, Ferhat Encü, Selma Irmak, Sirri Süreyya Önder, Ziya Pir, Imam Tascier, Gülser Yildirim and Abdullah Zeydan have been detained across Turkey last night. Today,Demirtas, Yüksekdag, Aydogan, Baluken, Birlik, Encü, Irmak, Zeydan and Yildirim have been arrested by court order and sent to prison. Pir, Önder and Tascier have been released on probation. More arrests are to be expected. The goal of these measures is to shut down the third largest party in parliament. This is a dark day not only for our party but for all of Turkey and the region as it means the end of democracy in Turkey.
Ever since our party reached a
victory during the
national elections of June 7, 2015, when we succeeded to enter
parliament despite the undemocratic 10% threshold, President
Erdogan has singled out our party as the main target of his
authoritarian policies. The reason is our principled opposition
against his goal to introduce a presidential system in Turkey. Our
seats in parliament are the biggest obstacles to the necessary
constitutional changes. Thus, he simply ordered new elections in
November 2015. Despite a series of violent assaults by "unknown
perpetrators" on our party members and infrastructure, we managed
once again to surpass the threshold on November 5, 2015 and won 59
seats in Parliament. Since he could not re-order elections another
time, President Erdogan initiated the lifting of the immunity of
our MPs in May 2016. As he
could not prevent us from entering Parliament, he now orders us
Thousands of members, executives, elected mayors and city council members affiliated with the HDP and/or our sister party DBP have already been sent to prison on groundless charges since our electoral victory in June 2015. Yet the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and the subsequent declaration of a state of emergency has been the welcome opportunity for President Erdogan to eliminate all opposition. There is no freedom of expression and no freedom of press, no academic freedom, and no fair and independent judicial system any more. With government decrees gaining the power of law, over 170 media outlets critical of Erdogan have been banned. More than 130 journalists are in prison, including world-renowned authors and intellectuals. Most recently, two Kurdish news agencies and several Kurdish dailies were closed down and the chief-editor, columnists and journalists of the daily Cumhuriyet have been detained. More than 80,000 people have been detained since July 15, and about half of them are in prison now.
On October 30, Ms. Gülten Kisanak and Mr. Firat Anli, elected co-mayors of Diyarbakir from our party, were arrested and sent to prison. A district governor from Ankara was appointed to run the municipality. With this, the number of Kurdish municipalities run by bureaucrats appointed by the central government increased to 28. About 30 democratically elected Kurdish mayors are now in prison, and about 70 of them were dismissed by the central government.
We strongly condemn the arrests of our Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas, Figen Yüksekdag as well as our MPs and demand their immediate release. The manufactured charges against them and all other party members must be dropped. History has shown over and over again that any power based on brute force is outlived by the struggle for justice and freedom. We will not surrender to these dictatorial policies and call upon our friends around the world to stand in solidarity in our struggle to prevent Erdogan to steer the country into a civil war and further despotism.
As of this moment, we have received the first messages since their arrest by our Co-Chairs Figen Yüksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas through their lawyers, which we want to share with you:
Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdag:
We are proud of our peoples. It is
an honor to represent your will. Never lose your joy and
Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas:
We are faced with another stage in the ongoing civilian coup that is led by the government and the presidential palace. My friends and I will continue to stand tall against this unlawful coup everywhere and at every stage. We want it to be known that we will stay true to the struggle for democracy, freedom and peace that our people are so devotedly carrying forward.
Sooner or later, our resistance
will bring an end to these days of tyranny. Those who think that
they can break our will are only revealing their own misery with
their cheap plots.
Whatever the conditions, we will continue our democratic and political struggle. We will continue to repeat our calls for peace. We extend our most sincere greetings and love to all of our friends.
Hisyar Ozsoy, Ph.D.
Deputy Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs
Member of Parliament