Posted by: hevallo | March 23, 2011

>Kurds in Turkey to Follow Eygpt, Libya and Syria?

>BDP and the DTK announced civil disobedience actions for the solution of the Kurdish problem. BDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş underlined that the first action will take place in Diyarbakır tomorrow.

BDP Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Gültan Kışanak, Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Presidents Ahmet Türk and Aysel Tuğluk held a press conference at Southeastern Community of Journalists. Speaking at the conference, BDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş notified that the public will take the initiative for the solution of the Kurdish problem, announcing that they will start civil disobedience actions. Demirtaş, indicating that they will go to the areas demanding “Education in mother tongue”, ” release of political prisoners”, “an end to political and military operations” and “removal of 10 percent election threshold”, said; “We will use our right for democratic resistance. With our actions of civil disobedience, we will be go to different areas in a peaceful way”.

Demirtas added they will stage the first act in Diyarbakır tomorrow.

Democratic Solution Tents have been established on the initiative of the “peace mothers” in all cities of the Kurdish region on 18 March 2011. Continuing for 24 hours, the Democratic Solution Tents are reflecting the will of the people and strongly bring out the determination to end the war.

BDP said in a statement that “the Kurdish people have proudly announced once more their demands for peace, democracy and freedom and the willpower in the 2011 Newroz celebrations. Millions of Kurds have cried out their democratic demands with marching for miles from Newroz squares to Democratic Solution Tents.”

BDP also stressed that “Kurdish People’s Democratic Solution Tents and the marches met with an intolerant response from the authorities while AKP Government is misleading the domestic and international public opinion with its rhetoric of a “democratic opening”. The state’s “security” forces have brazenly attacked parliamentarians and peace mothers with high intensity gas bombs, pepper gas and police batons against the people who were seeking to exercise their universal democratic civil right. Our elected representatives, party members and citizens have been taken into custody.”

As for the AKP Government, BDP underlined that “Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says once again “the required will be done” and threatens Kurdish people’s representatives and all of the Kurds.”

Referring to civil disobedience actions, the BDP said that “the Kurdish People’s demands which were announced before to the public opinion again and again are reiterated as follows; Stop military and political operations immediately. Education in the mother tongue and providing constitutional guarantees for using the mother tongue in the public sphere. Removing the 10% electoral threshold which hinders the representation of Kurdish People in the Assembly. Releasing all political prisoners.”

The indefinite sit-down strike will start on 24 March 2011 at 12:00 in the castle of resistance, peace and freedom, Diyarbakir, and will continue until is receives a response, said BDP concluding its statement with a call on the “international public opinion to support the Kurdish people’s legitimate demands which are embodied in the slogan “Either Freedom or Freedom” in solidarity with the Kurdish people against injustice and unlawful aggression.”





  1. >"Removal of the 10% threshold should be the #1 priority on their list."

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