Ultranationalist deputy threatens Kurdish deputies with “yellow bag”
An ultranationalist deputy on Thursday threatened Kurdish deputies in the national assembly with “the yellow bags” if they forcefully try to impose Kurdish language in Turkey.
During a debate in the Turkish parliament over “mother tongue,” HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) deputy Omer Ocalan criticized the procedure which bans Kurdish speeches, referring to Wednesday’s incident when a HDP deputy’s microphone was turned off by the chairman of the session as he continued to speak in Kurdish language.
“You can not tolerate two words in Kurdish language. You'll get used to it. In the second century, Kurdish will be the official language of this country. The mother tongue will be the language of education. Whichever party will come to power. We will fight for it,” Ocalan said.
Those remarks went down badly with MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) ranks.
“Bring it on,” MHP Deputy Levent Bulbul said, and continued his threats: “If you say you will do this forcefully, make us get used to this forcefully, then we are here to see who will do what.”
Ocalan also recalled the “yellow bags” that the Turkish army uses to collect the dead bodies of killed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) militants.
“Those who try to do it forcefully end up in yellow bags, not clear where they are buried. The same fate awaits everyone,” he said.