Turkey: HDP party calls for ‘democratic front’; people to defend themselves

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Selahattin Demirtaş

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) today released a statement on the failed coup in Turkey. HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş blamed Erdogan for creating the conditions for the military coup. He called for an alliance of all parties and organisations that want a progressive Turkey.   Mr Demirtas said: “The upcoming days are very sensitive and critical. There are going to be some who engage in provocative actions on the streets. These actions must be exposed and defused. The streets don’t belong to those with Islamic State mentality. They belong to the people as a whole. People need to defend themselves where necessary. We believe we are going to overcome these days by struggling in joint, democratic front.”

Note: three of HDP’s regional offices were attacked within hours of president Erdogan hailing the failed coup as a ‘victory for democracy’.

Today’s HDP statement:

– There have been no meetings with Abdullah Öcalan for more than a year. We do not know what is happening in Imrali island prison where Mr. Öcalan is imprisoned. We do not know what the putschist forces, who bombed parliament, have done in Imrali. Although the Justice Ministry made a short statement about Mr. Öcalan’s situation, it is far from being satisfactory. It is of an urgent nature for Mr. Öcalan’s family and lawyers to visit him. This needs to be done immediately.

– It has become clear once again how wrong the new law, which gave the military immunity, is. This law needs to be revoked immediately.

– The Chief of General Staff must be reformed and bound to the National Defence Ministry. It has become clear that as an autonomous structure, it is open to instigating coups.

– An investigation commission needs to be formed immediately to investigate and lay bare the 15 July coup attempt.

– The leaders of all political parties need to come together urgently at a summit to discuss developments and the steps to be taken.

– The call made by a government official for citizens to take up arms must be rectified and withdrawn immediately. The person who said this must declare to public opinion that this was wrong. [If this isn’t done] personal arming cannot be stopped. These types of calls will also strengthen the perception that the state cannot protect society.

– The necessary intervention needs to be made against those who are engaging in anti-democratic actions on streets. The right to protest of those who are on the streets for democracy must be protected. Not only the right to protest of those who are pro-AKP but also those who are against the AKP and the coup.

– Thousands of people who are accused of being putschists and pro-coup have been detained. It is clear from footage that suspects have been tortured. This practice must be stopped immediately and an investigation must be launched against those engaged in torture.

– The curfews and destruction of cities and towns must cease. The government must stop preventing the solidarity that is needed for the rebuilding of these areas. Furthermore the government, which sent today’s putschist forces to Kurdish areas to stop Kurds from exercising their democratic rights, must account for the decisions it has taken in the destruction of these areas.

See also:

Erdogan to escalate purge as ‘deep state’ anti-Kurd negotiations wiith Assad revealed

Erdogan’s Islamist coup to see 100 journalists blacklisted

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