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The Kurds are left in the lurch

at the end of March will be held in Turkey municipal elections. Your party, the HDP, considers this to be extremely important. Why?
These elections are more than just local elections. The Turkish policy-has not returned to normal. The development goes in the direction of a dictatorial system. For the Opposition, the local elections are therefore very important.

On the voters lists there are thousands of dead. Who is responsible for it?
This is one of the measures with which the government wants to win the elections. But the Manipulation of the voters register is nothing New. That was already the case in previous elections, especially in the Kurdish areas.

Why not call the HDP for a Boycott of such rigged elections?
it is important For us, the resistance against the government continue. And we believe in our success, in spite of the manipulations. This will cost us at most two percentage points. This will not be enough to prevent a victory of the Opposition.

In the network there are already calls for Boycotts. The trolls of the government, said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the political party CHP. How do you see that?
The calls for Boycotts come from trolls, the government, but from the base of the CHP itself. For us, a Boycott is not an issue. We want to continue to make policy.

In the national elections in June of 2018, there was an electoral Alliance of all the opposition parties – without the HDP. Why was your party?
The other parties did not want to cooperate with us. For the local elections, the HDP aims to, once again, a choice of Alliance, so that the government doesn't manage to destroy the democracy. But unfortunately, the other parties want to know again nothing about it.

Why not?
it Comes to the Kurds, the opposition parties have common cause with the government. For you the interests of the state above all. This was the Turkish Intervention in the Syrian Afrin significantly, which has been criticised in Turkey exclusively by the HDP.

her predecessor, Selahattin Demirtas is in prison. Against their Co-President is determined. Procedures are also against you in the hallway?
at The Moment there are no proceedings against me.

"We reject violence. For us , the PKK , but the government of the contact person is not."

Due to their Turkish descent?
no. The HDP is not just a Kurdish party but a party of Opposition. It is a collective movement of the left and socialist forces who stand for a democratic Republic. The repression is directed not only against the Kurds. Also, violence against women, and against the opposition of other parties.

you Are in contact with the detained HDP leader Demirtas?
I visited him last two weeks ago in prison. It's good for him, and he fights more from the prison. Currently, he also works on artistic projects, and writing his second volume of stories. We hope that he will soon be released.

How to make the HDP election campaign, when 3500 party members and sympathizers are in prison?
There are not 3500, but 6500 friends who are in prison. Over 2000 other HDP members are in exile. But seven million people in Turkey work for us.

But the HDP is boycotted by the TV stations.
the national elections in June of last year, it was like that too, but we have nevertheless taken the Ten-percent-hurdle.

Many of the HDP-mayor in the East of Turkey are sold. Even if the HDP wins the elections, should the Repression continue.
There is great resistance against the state of emergency. The government has lost the people on the ground. This is also why we have called on other opposition parties to form an electoral Alliance.

For the Turkish government, the HDP, the political Arm of the PKK. Is that true?
This is a slander, with the us, the government wants to criminalize. We have no relations with the PKK.

But in the case of your choice to the top of the HDP, a year ago, pictures of the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan were raised.
It was projected to be a still image from a Video that we have shown. We stand behind the ideas of Öcalan, but we have to do with the PKK. Many of the HDP members that are currently for Öcalan in the hunger strike. They do this because Öcalan has sought from 2013 to 2015, a peace agreement with the government. The former negotiations were broken off by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Is the HDP against violence?
Yes. The HDP wants the peace talks with Öcalan.

the HDP Is also against the violence carried out by the PKK?
For us, the PKK is not a contact person. Our contact person is the government. We criticize the violence exercised by the state. Of course we are against all forms of violence.

you have lost after the failed coup in the year 2016 your job as a lecturer for political Economy. What exactly happened?
I was also assistant of HDP Co-Chairman Demirtas and Vice-President of the HDP. In addition, the government has claimed, I had indirect ties to the PKK. That's why I lost my job.

How did you learn of it?
I learned it from a state newspaper. Directly has informed me no one.

Have you asked the University what's going on?
I was not allowed to enter the Grounds of the University Yes. A parliamentary Commission was formed to investigate the dismissals, and I have informed of my case. Since then, I have heard of her, nothing more. I also wanted to submit a complaint for unfair dismissal. The court has not accepted it but.

are you afraid of?
of Course. But the fear that gives you wings.

The United States wants to withdraw its troops from Syria. Turkey threatened with an Invasion. Is it come to this?
The Turkish President Erdogan perceives the autonomy of the Kurds in Syria as a threat. He fears that Turkey could be split in two: a Western part and an Eastern, under Kurdish leadership. This is bullshit. In the countries of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, there are 45 million Kurds. There is a need for all countries to have a democratic solution for you.

Want to destroy Erdogan, the Kurdish PYD in Syria, or he wants to create a buffer zone?
Erdogan wants a buffer zone against the Kurds from the border of Iraq to Syria. He wants you to realize, in consultation with Russia and the United States. If it should come to this, would be the Kurdish autonomy in all the four countries in danger. This is the reason for the Invasion in ' afrīn and the threat to intervene in the neighboring town of Manbij.

Must cooperate with the Syrian-Kurdish PYD party with dictator Assad?
The Kurds have defeated the IS and will now be left in the lurch. Neither Turkey nor Syria want to see the Kurds an agreement. Specifically, all foreign troops should pull out of Syria, under the Aegis of the UN, a solution can be found.

But the Kurdish PYD in Syria has brought Assad's troops to help to defend Manbij.
The Kurds in Syria have not asked Assad for help. They have called on the peoples in Syria for the common defence of Manbij – Assad.

But Assad is a murderer.
We are aware of the crimes of Assad. But he is a major force in Syria. No one in Syria supports Russia, Turkey, Iran or the USA. But a large part of the Syrian people to support Assad. Who wants to allow a democratic solution and the return of the refugees, for the First Assad. Any conversations with him does not mean that one approves of his crimes. At the end of the Syrian people must decide in free elections.

Turkey wants to officially be in the EU. How strong this desire is still present?
Erdogan no longer wants to be in the EU. This was from 2010, when he developed a nationalistic ideology following the example of the young Turkish leader Talat Pasha (1874-1921). Pasha was Minister of the interior, the main responsible for the genocide of the Armenians in 1915. Erdogan wants from the EU, especially economic support, without interfering in internal Turkish Affairs. Only the establishment of an authoritarian system.

This is not just the policy of the Republic's founder, Ataturk.
Erdogan rejects Kemalism, because this promotes the separation of state and Religion. He pursues the project of a unified Turkey with a people, a language and a Religion. This is in contradiction to European standards.

The next national elections should not take place until 2023. A peaceful change of government is likely to be moved in the far distance.
We do not think that this government would remain in power until 2023. The Problem, however, is that the other opposition parties of the war policy of Erdogan's impress. It may well be that Erdogan starts even before the local elections a new Offensive in Syria.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 08.02.2019, 18:08 PM

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