KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING
16 JULY 2021
On July 7, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the Turkish government’s closure case against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with a vote of 603 in favour, two against, and 67 abstentions. The resolution also denounced the removal and replacement of elected Kurdish mayors and dozens of other anti-democratic measures instituted by the Turkish government.
President Erdogan visited Diyarbakir and held an event defending the crackdown condemned by the European Parliament. He accused the HDP of having ties with Israel and of putting “every deviant, perverted, marginal group under their command”. He also announced a new project to turn the notorious Diyarbakir prison into a museum and transfer Kurdish prisoners to a new jail.
1. HDP to protest outside Turkish prison over former lawmaker’s ongoing detention
4 July 2021/Rudaw
HDP members are to gather on Monday morning in front of Sincan Prison, where former MP Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu is being held, over his delayed release.
2.Former HDP administrator receives 7 years in prison
6 July 2021/ANF English
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Midyat district branch former co-chair, Filiz Işık has been sentenced to 6 years, 10 months and 15 days in prison without any evidence for the fabricated accusations.
3.Erdoğan talks of ‘solution process’ in Diyarbakır six years later
9 July 2021/Ahval
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Diyarbakır on Friday, to attend the inauguration ceremony for a series of projects, Mezopotamya Agency reported.
4. HDP pays tribute to July 14 Resistance
14 July 2021/ANF News
HDP Central Executive Board has released a written statement on the anniversary of the 14 July Great Death Fast Resistance.
5. HDP Women’s Assembly: We will expose the dirty policies of the government!
14 July 2021/ANF English
“We will never turn a blind eye to the crime of sexual abuse and forcing women to have sexual intercourse with security officers. We will not remain silent,” said the HDP Women’s Assembly.
6. HDP Marmaris office attacked by gunman
16 July 2021/Rudaw
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) office in Turkey’s Marmaris city was attacked early on Wednesday morning, marking the second attack on party offices in less than a month.
7. HDP opens women’s council in Amed
16 July2021/ANF News
Despite the massive repression, the HDP founded a women’s council in Amed. The founding event was dedicated to HDP employee Deniz Poyraz, who was murdered by a Turkish fascist in June.
8. HDP pays tribute to July 14 Resistance
14 July 2021/ANF English
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) saluted the 14 July Resistance, saying that “The struggle between the July 14 spirit and the putschist mentality continues.”
9. Apartment of Alevi HDP employee marked
15 July 2021/ANF English
The apartment of HDP member Sezer Öztürk in Istanbul has been marked with a red cross, and the wall has been painted with the words “Alevi, get out, Kurd”. When he wanted to press charges, he was threatened by the police.
10. Attack on Turkey’s HDP exposes depth of unresolved Kurdish question, researcher says
22 June 2021/Ahval
Thursday’s fatal attack on the Izmir offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has proven that without a solution to Turkey’s Kurdish issue, “there will only be more deaths, deepening autocracy, and entrenched conflict”, researcher Meghan Bodette wrote for the National Interest on Monday.
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