PEACE IN KURDISTAN
In Turkey the state wields the justice system like a sword. For decades the state has used the judiciary as a political tool, but we are now entering a new and vicious time.
On 7th June this year the Chief Prosecutor submitted his indictment to close down the HDP, the third largest political party in Turkey. A party that represents the democratic political will of over 6 million people.
The 7th of June is a significant and painful date for Erdogan because on this day in 2015 he lost his parliamentary majority as the HDP won 81 seats, smashing through the 10 percent electoral threshold, and for the first time winning seats in the Turkish parliament for a pro-Kurdish party.
Erdogan has been intent on revenge ever since, embarking on a systematic campaign of repression against the HDP that includes mass arrests of members and elected representatives, the lifting of immunity of deputies, the confiscation of municipalities and the ‘Kobane trial’, culminating in the request to the Constitutional Court in Ankara on June 7 to ban the party. Continue reading “SOLIDARITY WITH THE HDP”