HDP calls for urgent international action against increasing state violence
HDP has warned that Turkey is increasingly drifting into a civil war, and called for urgent international action against the policies of violence that have escalated after the general elections of June 7 led by the AKP provisional government.
Foreign Affairs Commission of HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) has warned that Turkey is increasingly drifting into a civil war, and called for urgent international action against the policies of violence that have escalated after the general elections of June 7 led by the AKP provisional government.
The statement by the party underlined that the Turkish state and the provisional AKP government are implementing all sorts of oppressive measures such as forbidding entry into and departure from Kurdish cities against which it launches military operations, cutting off all communication including phone and internet lines, blocking off press and observers to prevent the truth about what is happening on the ground from reaching national and international public attention.
"A curfew has been in place in the province of Cizre for the past week where 21 civilians have been killed. The province of Cizre have been under siege for days where there is serious shortage of food, water, access to basic health services, preventative treatment of the wounded, and burial of those who have been killed by state security forces. Serious concerns regarding fears of civilian massacre in Cizre have been voiced by the elected members of the parliament and civil society organizations."
Recalling that HDP has also been targeted by AKP spokespersons and pro-AKP mass media in this very violent situation, the statement noted that almost every day, HDP party officials and especially HDP co-chairs are being put on the target for those “nationalist and patriotic” people. "Many calls and statements of AKP officials have been signaling a call for war against HDP. As a result of this violent discourse of AKP, many of our buildings in several cities have been attacked by groups of people associated with racist and fascist groups. On September 8, they attacked our HQ in Ankara, setting fire to the building. Our party archives and records were targeted specifically. No one was injured in the attack but our HQ is now heavily damaged and unavailable for use."
The party emphasized that HDP is not a part of these violence-based, war- oriented policies, nor did it take part in any decision-making process of the war. "On the contrary, we are trying to push both PKK and the Turkish state to end this armed conflict. It should be known that it is the AKP who is insisting on war politics and implementing anti- democratic practices all over the country", the statement noted.
In spite of these adverse developments, HDP called on all international communities, civil society organizations and the international media for solidarity and support to bring about an immediate cease-fire and the commencement of peace talks.
HDP said their call is also one for urgent action against increasing state violence, the violation of human rights and anti-democratic practices and measures ins Kurdish cities as well as the cities in the western regions of the country.
"We now need the support of the international public more than ever in order to achieve the realization of a lasting peace in the Middle East, Turkey and Kurdistan", HDP said, and invited all of their friends, political parties, associations, networks, civil society organizations and all peace-loving forces to act in solidarity with them.
The party also called on all democratic international institutions and forces to take concrete steps against the Turkish state’s violent, anti-democratic actions against its own people and citizens.