"The first thing to be saved in any fire is the Gentleman’s seat"
Imprisoned Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas criticized the earthquake response of the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) and its supporter ultranationalist MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) they only cared about keeping their posts during the first critical three days after the earthquake that hit Turkey’s southern region and killed nearly 40,000 people.
"They mobilized the entire state power to save their office. They did not think about the earthquake victims until the fourth day," he said in a series of tweets.
"The first thing to be saved in any fire is the Gentleman's seat," Demirtas said, referring to MHP Chairman Devlet Bahceli's ties to President Tayyip Erdogan.
13 days have passed since the earthquake, and the chairman of the MHP has not yet visited the earthquake area.
"We people in prisons watch the news on TV and the small partner of the People's Alliance," Demirtas said of Bahceli's MHP.
"Be patriotic, love your people, but do not engage in vulgar nationalism and racism. That will even take away your humanity," Demirtas concluded.