Posted by: hevallo | October 28, 2008

Mass Civil Disobedience Planned by Kurdish People Nov 1st and 2nd 2008.

“We’ve Had Enough of This War!”

The Democratic Society Party (DTP) is planning to hold a 48-hour sit-in in Diyarbakır on Nov. 1 and 2 in protest of the alleged abuse of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who is serving a life sentence on İmralı Island.

Since rumors regarding the abuse of Öcalan began circulating, civil unrest has erupted in several cities, mainly in predominantly Kurdish areas. One Kurdish protestor was killed and many were arrested.

The participation of the children in these protests has evoked a negative reaction across the nation.Selahattin Demirtaş and Emine Ayna, the co-chairs of the DTP’s parliamentary group, said at a press conference yesterday that their party is planning a mass sit-in over the weekend.“This will be peaceful, democratic civil disobedience.

We aim to hold the largest sit-in in order to say

“We’ve had enough of this war,” Demirtaş stated, adding that the Kurdish population in this protest will “scream” at the disrespectful action toward the “political will.” In the pro-Kurdish terminology, “political will” refers to Öcalan.

Demirtaş alleged that the children who participated in the protests were tortured.“The ones who lie saying we throw children on the frontlines during the protests do not see the torture that the children are subjected to.

If Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] really attaches importance to children, he should apologize to them for the torture and arrests,” he said.

Source: Zaman.


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