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Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:45 pm

HDP visits Left Marxist Party
aiming for democracy alliance


HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Mithat Sancar, Party Spokesperson Ebru Günay, deputy Co-Chair Tuncer Bakırhan and MP Semra Güzel paid a visit to the Left Party on Thursday as part of the party’s ‘Justice for All Campaign’

'WE DEBATED OVER DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE'

Sancar made a statement after the meeting with a delegation of the Left Party which included the members of board of presidents Önder İşleyen and İlknur Başer and central executive board members Mehmet Soğancı and Ozan Sürer.

"During our visit to the Left Party, we told them about our program. We gave information about our previous contacts and listened to them. Of course, the question how we can form the broadest democracy alliance was the question on the agenda. As we always say, the goal is not an electoral alliance, but a democracy alliance through which we can create methods and mechanisms of struggle together in every field where injustices are rampant.”

'WE NEED TO STOP THE WAR POLICY'

Sancar continued, “Turkey is experiencing very serious injustices. The current government has relied on policies of polarization, escalation and conflict in order to survive. It is extremely important for us if the forces that support democracy and justice take a determined stance on these matters. We need to be able to form a common peace struggle against war policies. The government constantly uses fake news to fuel war policies. We must defend the truth together against lies. We have to keep searching for the truth constantly.”

'WAR BRINGS POVERTY'

The co-chair of the HDP pointed out the following: “We see that there is a direct link between war policies and poverty. Unemployment and poverty have hit record low levels. The struggle for democracy cannot be separated from the struggle for peace and the struggle for justice from the struggle for truth."

Stating that they also exchanged views on the new constitution debate, Sancar said, "We also learned that the Left Party will have meetings with the other political circles in the coming days. Our attitude on this issue is clear. We revealed our views yesterday in a meeting we held with the heads of the Alevi institutions. Previously we had explained our views on it. We have also exchanged our views with the Left Party.
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Sol Parti is a Marxist party

When will the stupid leaders of the HDP get it through their thick heads:

There is a WORLD WIDE trend for countries to move away from communism and accept a much more Liberal ideology

If the HDP truly wish to do their best for the Kurdish population then they MUST do away with their outdated Marxist ideology

Also, the HDP should realise that most Kurds who voted for them did NOT vote for Marxism, they voted for fellow Kurds who they hoped would be able to win them some semblance of FREEDOM
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:58 pm

Turkish court upholds jail sentence

A top Turkish court on Friday upheld a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for a parliamentarian from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) accused of making propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The outspoken lawmaker recently revealed the controversial use of strip searches in Turkish prisons

Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, HDP lawmaker and human rights activist, was sentenced to two years and six months on February 21, 2018 for an August 20, 2016 tweet sharing a news article about a PKK statement that said “peace would come if the government takes one step forward.”

Gergerlioglu shared the article with a comment: “This call should be evaluated properly. There is no end to this work,” referring to the decades-long conflict between Ankara and the PKK.

Nearly half a year after the court decision, Gergerlioglu was elected to the parliament on the HDP ticket.

He appealed the conviction of “making propaganda” for the PKK, and on Friday an upper court upheld the verdict, reported state-owned Anadolu Agency.

The court said that Gergerlioglu’s tweet “used the photograph of the armed members of the organization and it included expressions that justify the organization's methods that include coercion and violence.”

The PKK is an armed group struggling for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara. Scores of HDP members and officials have been removed from office, and some arrested, for alleged links to the PKK. Turkish officials claim the HDP is the political wing of the PKK, but HDP denies this.

Tweeting after the court ruling, Gergerlioglu said, “The oppressors have not elected me so they cannot end my parliamentary membership.” He shared the same news article again, saying “I had only shared a news article. I did not praise any sort of violence.”

Gergerlioglu was the first person to report the alleged strip searching of prisoners and members of their families visiting them in jail. Rights groups hailed his revelations, but he was handed harsh criticism from pro-government corners.

Ozlem Zengin, deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) bloc in parliament, denied the allegations.

“No parliamentarian terrorizes parliament as much as Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu. I categorically do not believe that strip searches exist in Turkey. Such a thing does not exist,” she told the Turkish service of Euronews.

Nearly 200 rights organizations and members of civil society from Turkey and abroad sent an open letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, expressing solidarity with Gergerlioglu and demanding an investigation into “inhumane” strip searches.

“MP Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, who brought the problem up in Parliament and made it public should not be subjected to serious accusations such as ‘involvement in terrorism’ only because he is demanding justice and protection of the innocent women,” read the letter. “The authors of this report would like to underline that we are seriously concerned about long-standing mass detentions and human rights violations in Turkey. Public officials are easily accusing human rights defenders and MPs of being ‘terrorists’.”

Spokespersons for HDP’s office for foreign affairs said on Wednesday that 139 of their members and officials were arrested this week as part of a campaign of mass arrests by Turkish security forces that resulted in the arrest of 718 people for alleged ties to the PKK.

Almost all of the party’s mayors elected in 2019 have been removed from office and some of them arrested.

Summaries of proceedings have been prepared against nine HDP lawmakers, including co-chair of the party Pervin Buldan and former co-chair Sezai Temelli, the independent Duvar news outlet reported on Friday.

The Turkish public prosecutor claimed it has evidence these parliamentarians "had taken an action in terms of starting and continuing the violence-related events," referring to widespread protests in 2014 over Turkey’s inaction when Syrian Kurds were being attacked by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kobane.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeas ... y/19022021
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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:51 am

The HDP is banned in Van

Following the 15 July 2016 coup attempt the Turkish state declared a State of Emergency (on 20 July that same year). During the state of emergency, which lasted until 20 July 2018, HDP and DBP provincial buildings were raided 3 times. Provincial co-mayors Ökkeş Kava, Caziye Duman and Murat Sarısaç were arrested

Immediately after the announcement of the end of the State of Emergency, the Van Governorate declared a 15-day ban on all actions and activities. Supposedly a temporary measure, these 15-day bans never ended and have been extended for about 5 years. Since 2018, the Governorship of Van itself announced to have extended the ban on actions and activities 63 times.

Van Governor M. Emin Bilmez said the reason for these bans were the news published in Fırat News Agency (ANF). In parallel with the statement of the Governor, a police station was opened next to the HDP, whose hundreds of members have been detained by police several times in 5 years. At the entrance of the building, heavily armoured police panzers, listening devices, black-glass police vans are ready.

Van residents who come to the provincial building are taken inside after passing through the police security check. Police helicopters are flying over not only the HDP Provincial building but over the entire Van throughout the day, TOMA vehicles are placed at every corner in the busiest streets of the city such as Cumhuriyet and Maraş.

Providing information about the repression, HDP Van Provincial co-chair Fikret Doğan said that they had difficulty understanding the ban imposed in Van for 1,500 days. The State of Emergency has been lifted for a time in Van, allegedly, yet martial-like provisions are applied.

The HDP co-chair added that "it is attention grabbing the fact that Van is the only city where such measures are imposed. It is forbidden for a political party to make a statement, hold a congress or rally. This ban is imposed on our party.

A police station was set up in front of the Van HDP building. Even when there is no action or activity, police vehicles are there on a 24 hours a day shift. Everyone who enters our party goes through checks. A psychological pressure is exerted.

This causes negative psychological pressure on our people. You cannot stop the demands of this people by pressure and intimidation. Despite all this, we really continue our struggle."
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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:07 pm

Co-mayor of Sur prison sentence

Sur Municipality Co-mayor Filiz Buluttekin, who was replaced by a government appointed trustee, was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison for "being a member of a terrorist organization"

Amed's (Diyarbakır) Sur District Municipality Co-mayor Filiz Buluttekin, who was dismissed and replaced by a trustee appointed by the AKP / MHP government, was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison.

While Buluttekin did not attend the final hearing held at Diyarbakır 11th High Criminal Court, her lawyers Sertaç Buluttekin and Suzan Akipa were present.

The prosecutor, reiterating his opinion for imprisonment from the previous session, stated that Buluttekin participated in 42 actions between 2017 and 2019.

Claiming that documents containing propaganda were accessed in Buluttekin's home, the prosecutor stated that Buluttekin was a member of the Free Women’s Congress (Kongreya of Jinên Azad, KJA) which was closed by a governmental decree

Claiming Buluttekin received instructions from the Free Women’s Movement (Tevgera Jinên Azad, TJA) activists and committed the crime of "being a member of the terrorist organization" [referring to PKK] based on the statements of Firar, an anonymous witness.

"NO EVIDENCE"

Voicing their disagreement with the prosecutor's opinion, lawyer Suzan Akipa said that her client served as HDP Amed Provincial co-chair between 2017 and 2018, and later became the co-mayor of Sur Municipality.

Lawyer Sertaç Buluttekin stated that anonymous witness statements were taken illegally and said, “the statements of the anonymous witness are full of contradictions. We do not accept the opinion and demand her acquittal."

After a short break, the court sentenced Buluttekin to 7 years and 6 months in prison for "being a member of a terrorist organization".
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