HDP’s Celik and European MPs: End the isolation now
HDP MP Tuma Celik said European countries should take action against the isolation. Social Democratic Worker’s Party MP Kadir Kasirga and Left Party MP Daniel Riazat said the isolation must end immediately.
During a visit to Sweden, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Mardin MP Tuma Celik held meetings and met with political parties in the parliament and municipal administrators. MP Celik informs European politicians of developments in Turkey and Kurdistan and poses suggestions to create joint struggles.
Celik spoke in two seminars and conferences held for people from Kurdistan, Turkey and Sweden and spoke about HDP’s strategy for the March 31 elections as well as the election results. Celik also spoke about the massacres and human rights violations by the Turkish state in Turkey and Kurdistan.
Celik informed the participants about the hunger strikes and death fasts by thousands of prisoners demanding an end the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan.
MEETINGS WITH MPS AND MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATORS
Celik also continues with diplomatic initiatives and he met with Left Party MEP Malin Bjork the other day.
Celik met with municipal administators from Sigtuna and the Syriac-Assyrian community there. In the afternoon, Celik met with the Social Democratic Worker’s Party MP and Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commission Member Anders Osterberg and MP Kadir Kasirga.
Then he went to the Left Party headquarters upon invitation and met with party officials and administrators.
Celik said the AKP-MHP fascist alliance has pushed the country into political and financial crises, the separation of powers has been destroyed, current laws are not being implemented and that the alliance has been pushing the country into darkness in an arbitrary fashion.
“SIMILAR TO THE HITLER PERIOD”
Celik compared the current situation the country is in to the time when Hitler rose to power and said, “Hitler had laws that he had to comply with still. But the AKP government doesn’t abide by any law that they don’t like.”
“THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T SINCERE IN THEIR STATEMENT ON THE ISOLATION”
Celik said DTK Co-chair and HDP MP Leyla Guven and hundreds of prisoners are at risk to lose their lives and added: “The only thing the prisoners want is to have the laws of Turkey implemented and that Abdullah Ocalan be allowed to meet with his family and lawyers.”
Celik added that Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and other party officials said the isolation has ended but Ocalan’s lawyers still had their appeal to visit rejected.
Celik said the authorities are not sincere in their statements on the isolation and that their comments are geared towards winning the Kurdish vote for the elections to be held on June 23. Celik added that the voters with most political awareness are HDP voters in Turkey and that they will take a stand against the AKP-MHP government manipulation and for forces of democracy.
“PRESSURE THE TURKISH STATE BEFORE DEATHS OCCUR”
Celik criticized European countries and Sweden for remaining silent in the face of the ongoing hunger strikes.
Celik pointed out that the Social Democratic Worker’s Party is a large partner in the Swedish government and said the Swedish government should take the matter to the European Union and pressure the Turkish state before deaths occur.
“THE GENOCIDE OF 1915 CONTINUES TODAY”
Celik thanked the Swedish Parliament for recognizing the Armenian-Assyrian and Syriac genocide in March 2010, and added that they want the government to implement the decree. Celik said the genocide of 1915 continues under various forms today and said the massacres by the Turkish state in Sur, Nusaybin and other towns in Kurdistan are a continuation of the genocide.
The committee made up of Celik and Kurdish and Syriac delegates went to the Left Party headquarters later to meet with MPs Daniel Riazat and Lorena Delgado Varas.
SAVUR AND SIGTUNA CITY COUNCILS TO EMBARK ON JOINT EFFORTS
Tuma Celik and the MPs he met with spoke to the ANF and said, “There are many
Syriac people in Sigtuna. We made an agreement to work on joint efforts with the Sigtuna City Council. In coming terms, we will visit the city with colleagues from the Savur Municipality and turn the ideas into concrete projects.”
KASIRGA: “TURKEY SHOULD IMPLEMENT ITS OWN LAWS AND END THE ISOLATION”
Social Democratic Worker’s Party MPs Anders Osterberg and Kadir Kasirga said they will continue to show solidarity with their sister party HDP and the hunger strikers.
Kasirga said Turkey should implement its own laws and end the isolation against Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Ocalan and Soderberg expressed his belief that the opposition will come out stronger from the elections on June 23.
RIAZAT: WE HAVE THE HUNGER STRIKES ON OUR AGENDA
Left Party MP Daniel Riazat said the meeting with Celik was fruitful and added that they have Leyla Guven and the hunger strikes on their agenda and that they are intensifying their efforts to have the hunger strikers’ demands met.
Riazat added that they discussed the demands of the hunger strikers in the latest Scandinavian Council meeting and issued a joint statement with the Greens to end the isolation.
“YOU ARE HEROES WHO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES FOR DEMOCRACY”
Riazat sent the following message for the hunger strikers:
“You are heroes who have sacrificed their lives for democracy. But we don't want any of you to come to harm. As such, I am hoping that more people will support your cause and take action so your demands are met.
CELIK’S VISITS CONTINUE
Celik has a meeting today with the mayor of Sodertelje, home to 30.000 Syriacs and later meet with religious leaders of the Syriac church in the district.
Celik will then go to the Orebro province and meet with the Mayor and department directors. After these meetings Celik will meet with the Syriac-Assyrian community in a popular meting.