“Full participation in the second round of elections”

“Full participation in the second round of elections”
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HDP and the Green Left Party have announced their support for the opposition’s joint candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the second round of elections

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Green Left Party have pledged their support for the opposition's joint candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the upcoming second round of elections on May 28.

HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan stated that their struggle against the current regime's policies will continue, and their goal is to build a free, democratic, and just regime where discrimination is eliminated, and people can participate in governance.

"On May 28, we are entering an election that will shape the upcoming years in terms of its results. We are facing a totalitarian, absolute power-oriented understanding and structure that has gradually constructed a system dependent on a single individual for 21 years. That is why the May 28 election has the characteristic of a referendum between those who are in favor of democratic change in the system and those who seek to maintain this one man rule," Buldan said.

Buldan also emphasized that no political approach that breaks, exploits, diminishes, or distracts from the need for change is considered appropriate, and said that the democratic struggle against such approaches will continue.

Referring to the protocol between Kilicdaroglu and Ozdag, Buldan said, "We evaluated the protocol signed between the Victory Party and the CHP (People’s Republican Party) from this perspective and made our criticisms public. The primary goal of our struggle and our Third Way policy is to prevent a handful of profiteers from exploiting the resources of the state and society and to transform the system into a universal standard that prioritizes the rights and freedoms of citizens, social justice, and democracy. The demand and necessity of our oppressed and victimized peoples are the only things that make us uncompromising and unyielding. Those who encumber the political will of the Kurds through trustees also encumber the rights and freedoms of all the peoples of Turkey. The unresolved Kurdish issue is not in the interest of people. Without breaking this deadlock, it cannot integrate with republican democracy."

Buldan stated that the policies of the People's Alliance can only be countered with democracy, justice, and freedom, saying, "The monstrous regime created by Erdogan and his allies is the fundamental cause of the social distress we are experiencing today. What will be voted on in the May 28 elections is whether this monstrous regime will continue or not. The democratic change and welfare demand were strongly embraced in the May 14 elections, and this demand was also reflected in the ballot box. The millions of votes united against the current system are for more freedom, more democracy, and more welfare. The goal is to build a regime that is free, democratic, and just, where discrimination is eliminated, and peoples can participate in governance. Therefore, Erdoğan is never an option for us, and the only choice is to change him and the power he represents."

She concluded:

"We are growing the hope that we can achieve success together with millions of people on May 28, and we can collectively redirect the course of history towards democratic change. We believe, and we want you to believe as well. We will go to the ballot box in full force and change the authoritarian regime together. Our own strength and the desire for change from millions of people are our greatest source of inspiration. We will persistently and resolutely continue our struggle; we will never, ever give up. We will undoubtedly, without fail, emerge victorious."