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“On the detentions against the HDP members ahead of local elections”

Friday 26 October, with Turkey’s local election date just announced, Turkish local elections are set to take place on March 31, 2019

“Such political pressures on the HDP and the Kurds have become a widespread practice before general and local elections to paralyze the HDP as a political rival.” Hişyar Özsoy

 

Friday 26 October, with Turkey’s local election date just announced, Turkish local elections are set to take place on March 31, 2019 according to the decision of Turkey’s Supreme Board of Election’s (YSK) published on Friday.

 

“A total of 30 metropolitan and 1,351 district municipal mayors, alongside 1,251 provincial and 20,500 municipal councillors will be elected, in addition to numerous local non-partisan positions such as neighbourhood presidents (muhtars) and elderly people’s councils.” (Wikipedia)

 

The election period will begin on January 1, 2019 and the elections should take place on the last Sunday of March in accordance with “the local administration elections law”, YSK said on October 26.

 

With the election date decided it appears now that Turkey’s rule by oppression will be expanded by the AKP regime of Turkish President and Chairman of the Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

 

Not that this is anything new for the Kurdish opposition Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) who released the statement below earlier in October…

 

Mr Ozsoy also told England’s Morning Star newspaper:

 

“We expect that the AKP-MHP alliance will continue to make use of such unlawful police violence and the power of the courts to silence any dissenting voice in the country in the run-up to the elections.

 

“Those who think that they can intimidate the HDP with such pressures should look at the results of June 24 elections, before which thousands of our administrators and members were arrested.

 

“Our political struggle will continue until we build a democratic country for all sectors of the society in Turkey.”

 

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“As we get closer to the local elections that are scheduled for late March 2019, the politics of detentions and arrests against HDP members have been reactivated. Over the last week more than 200 people were detained with violent police raids into houses in several provinces. Again, postings in the social media were one of the main excuses.

 

On 6 October 49 HDP administrators and members, co-chairs of HDP’s Batman office Ms. Nizamettin Toğuç and Mr Berivan Helen Işık among them, were detained after police raids in Batman, Ankara, Muş, Ağrı, Mardin and Urfa provinces. During the raids, the police entered many houses by breaking the doors. Co-chair Ms. Işık was beaten up while taken into custody.

 

Three days later, on 9 October, more than 120 people, including Mehmet Şerif Camcı, co-chair of HDP’s Diyarbakir office, administrators of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), and several journalists were detained in Diyarbakır, İstanbul, Van, Şırnak, Urfa, Batman, Mersin and Mardin provinces. There is news that the list is longer and there will be more detentions and arrests.

 

Such political pressures on the HDP and the Kurds have become a widespread practice before general and local elections to paralyze the HDP as a political rival. And it is surely not a coincidence that before each such mass police operation, AKP officials, especially President Erdoğan, have portrayed the HDP as a target to be eliminated. After June 24 elections, Erdoğan did threaten HDP members and supporters by saying that “those who support the HDP to enter the parliament will be brought to account.”

 

We expect that the AKP-MHP alliance will continue to make use of such unlawful police violence and the power of the courts to silence any dissenting voice in the country in the run up to the elections. Those who think that they can intimidate the HDP with such pressures should look at the results of June 24 elections, before which thousands of our administrators and members were arrested. Our political struggle will surely continue until we build a democratic country for all sectors of the society in Turkey.”

 

* Hişyar Özsoy, Vice Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs, MP for Diyarbakır

11 October 2018

 

Global Rights

 

Image:

Diyarbakir HDP Meeting 5th June 2015

By Dogan Ucar

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 Source:

https://www.hdp.org.tr/en/statements/on-the-detentions-against-the-hdp-members-ahead-of-local-elections/12445

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