Turkey: Pro-Kurdish party leader emphasizes “democratic politics”
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Pervin Buldan said her party will continue to represent “the courage and the strength” to support democratic politics in Turkey’s national assembly amid “traps set by the ruling block,” during a speech she made in a group meeting of her party in the parliament.
Earlier, imprisoned former Co-Chair of HDP Selahattin Demirtas also expressed determination to "insist on democratic politics" after he condemned an attack by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) to a police facility which killed an officer and wounded another.
Buldan said the ruling block deliberately created tension ahead of next year’s elections.
“We are all aware that they are escalating the conflict in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and North East Syria in order to maintain their power before the upcoming elections. Civilians and children lose their lives in the attacks in Rojava. A crime against humanity is being committed. We all know that wherever there is an opportunity for peace, they are working with all their might to disrupt it. Because we also know that the collapsed palace needs war,” Buldan said.
She continued: “We all know that they will resort to all kinds of conspiracies to cover up the economic collapse and corruption. No one should fall into those traps.”
Buldan also called to avoid speculation over party politics amid these
“It is not possible to carry out a real struggle for democracy and freedom in Turkey without realizing the heavy consequences of the war policy pursued by the AKP-MHP government and without taking a stand against them. While the government's war policy has turned the country into hell, speculating on the details that emerged as a result of this dirty policy without understanding the suffering of the Kurdish people will only serve to fall into the trap of AKP-MHP politics.”
Buldan reinstated HDP’s position against all policies based on the denial of social problems and added that “real democracy and freedoms in Turkey can only be achieved through a democratic, social and peaceful solution to the Kurdish question”