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

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:32 am

HDP mayor arrested

Turkish authorities arrested on Monday a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) mayor for the central district of Sur in Diyarbakir (Amed) province, southeast Turkey for terror-related charges after temporarily suspending her for three days

Feyme Buluttekin assumed her role in March 2019 but was removed from her position and detained on Friday by the interior ministry for alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). She was officially arrested on Monday, according to Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA).

Founded in 2012, the HDP is accused by Ankara of being the political wing of the PKK - a Kurdish armed group, which has struggled against Turkey for decades for the cultural and political rights of Kurds in Turkey. Turkey sees the group as a terrorist organization.

Buluttekin is accused of being a member of and propagating the PKK, insulting the Turkish state and nation as well as attending the funeral of a PKK fighter, AA reported, citing security sources.

The HDP has described her detention as “anti-democratic.”

“Anti-democratic attacks on HDP municipalities continue. Last night, Filiz Buluttekin, elected as co-mayor of Sur in March with 60% of the vote, was arrested in a raid on her home. Police have also blockaded the Sur municipality,” it said in a tweet.

So far, out of 65 HDP mayors, over 30 have been removed from office since local elections in March, and several of them have been arrested. Additionally, 14 HDP candidates who won election had not been given official certification of their win by the electoral commission, according to a November report by the Diyarbakir office of the Human Rights Association (IHD).

The removed HDP officials are usually replaced with pro-government administrators or their deputies - who are mostly from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The HDP mediated between Turkey and the PKK before 2013 which resulted in the birth of a ceasefire between both sides, lasting two and a half years. However, armed clashes resumed in July 2015 and many Kurdish-populated areas, including the Sur district, were partially destroyed.

Following a failed coup attempt in July 2016, blamed on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s former ally Fethullah Gulen, Turkish security forces cracked down on dissidents, including the HDP, despite the party’s condemnation of the putsch.

Both the HDP co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, and several other HDP officials and members were detained in November 2016 on terror-related charges. Most of them still remain in jail.

A report by the HDP, covering the Turkish government’s crackdown between March and November, indicates that 24 mayors have been removed and 13 detained during this period.

The party has coined the replacements as a “trustee regime.”

“We codify the trustees' appointments as a continuation of the denial policy against the Kurds for hundreds of years, and we call this period the name ‘The Trustee Regime’. This regime is built on evil and seizure; based on memocide and culturocide; it is a misogynist and a regime that takes all kinds of unearned income, corruption and irregularities as an example,” read the 31-page report.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:16 pm

Five more Kurdish mayors
detained in Turkey


Turkey detained five pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) mayors early Monday morning after dismissing them from their posts

Batman Mayor Mehmet Demir, Diyarbakır’s Silvan District Mayor Naşide Toprak, Ergani District Mayor Ahmet Kaya, Lice Mayor Tarık Mercan and Eğil District Mayor Mustafa Akkul were taken into custody, according to state media outlet the Daily Sabah, in a continued crackdown on the HDP.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accuse the HDP of being linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is designated by Turkey as a terrorist organization. The HDP denies affiliation with the PKK.

HDP party co-leader Mithat Sancar told reporters that security forces stormed municipality buildings early Monday morning.

"We reject with hatred this vile attempt that does not shy away from showing enmity against Kurds even in these difficult days when the whole world is battling an epidemic," Sancar told Reuters.

The responsibilities of the mayors of the eastern province of Batman, as well as the Silvan, Lice and Ergani districts in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır have been delegated to appointees, says the newspaper Cumhuriyet.

Police have detained 16 people in front of Batman city hall protesting the decision to remove the mayor, according to Cumhuriyet.

Founded in 2012, the HDP has stood in opposition to the government of Erdogan.

Thirty-six HDP mayors have been removed from their post since last year’s local elections and thousands of its members and supporters have been arrested.

Judicial proceedings against the HDP, “will be very intense,” Erdogan told reporters in February, according to state media outlet Anadolu Agency. “New files may arrive anytime, because everything is in plain sight. Everything they do constitutes a crime,” he added.

The first removal of the newly-elected HDP mayors came on August 19 2019, when the mayors of major cities Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van were ousted. HDP candidates did well in Kurdish-majority areas of Turkey’s southeast. In other regions of the country, HDP supported the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidates. This strategy is credited with contributing to the success of CHP in these areas, especially in Istanbul, home to millions of Kurds.

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

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri May 15, 2020 10:25 pm

Four HDP mayors
dismissed from office


Turkish authorities removed from office and detained four mayors belonging to the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) early on Friday for their alleged relations with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in yet another wave of party member dismissal from governance

Turkey's interior ministry removed and detained Yasar Akkus mayor of Igdir, Berivan Helen Isik mayor of Siirt, Ramazan Sarsilmaz mayor of Baykan and Baran Akgul mayor of Kurtalan for terror-related allegations, reported the pro-government Milliyet news outlet.

The detentions were also reported by the state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA), which added that Isik’s assistant Peymandara Turhan had also been detained.

Milliyet added that the governor of Siirt has already assigned pro-goverment trustees to Baykan and Kurtalan municipalities.

The HDP condemned Friday’s raids, claiming the decision came from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rather than the courts.

“Our Igdir, Siirt, Kurtalan and Baykan municipalities have been seized by the AKP government this morning. The Erdogan regime once again showed its hostility to the will of Kurdish people. We will not bow down to this regime's undemocratic practices,” the HDP said on Twitter.

The leftist party is accused by Ankara of being the political wing of the PKK, which has been involved in a decades-long conflict with the Turkish state in pursuit of cultural and political rights for Kurds in the country. The PKK is regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

The HDP has denied organic links to the Kurdish rebels. However, unlike other parties and the government, it does not view the PKK as a terrorist organization and has expressed its respect for the ideology of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Some of the dismissed HDP mayors have been accused of using their municipality budgets to assist the group, claims all of them have denied.

HDP mayor count dwindles

The HDP gained 65 of over a thousand municipalities in the March 2019 local elections, but six mayor-elects were prohibiting from taking up office on the grounds that they had previously been dismissed by the government.

The first government crackdown on inaugurated mayors occurred in mid-August, when the mayors of three Kurdish major cities were dismissed.

Raids in 13 provinces swiftly followed, leading to the dismissal of dozens of mayors for terror-related allegations. Most netted by the raids have been detained.

According to official party data sent to Rudaw English, 44 of the 59 HDP mayors have now been dismissed - leaving only 15 of its mayors in office. An HDP deputy, who did not want to be named, told Rudaw English that they expect their mayor in Mus town to soon be removed from their position, according to reports the party has received from its members.

The clampdown has been criticized by international organisations such as the Human Rights Watch and European Parliament.

The move is an affront to the rights of citizens who cast their vote for the mayors, HRW said in February.

“The Turkish authorities’ removal and arrest of democratically elected Kurdish mayors across southeastern Turkey violates voters’ rights,'' read a report by the organization, adding that Ankara has “intensified its attacks” against the HDP in the country.

“Removing, detaining, and putting on trial local Kurdish politicians as armed militants with no compelling evidence of criminal activity seems to be the Turkish government’s preferred way to wipe out political opposition,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“These cases are not linked to any legitimate counterterrorism effort but trample the rights of the mayors and the 1.8 million voters who elected them.”

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

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue May 19, 2020 1:36 am

Seizures against HDP continue

In several cities of Northern Kurdistan and Turkey, there were protests for the fourth day in a row against the appointment of trustees to municipalities won by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the local elections of 31 March 2019

Last Friday, the mayors of five other HDP-run municipalities were arrested and trustees were appointed in their place. The provinces of Siirt and Iğdır were among those affected. 45 of the 65 municipalities in which the HDP emerged as the winner in the March 2019 local elections are now under the rule of the government.

A protest rally was held in Siirt in front of the HDP provincial association. The demo, which was organised by the HDP Women's Council, was attended by deputies Ayşe Sürücü, Dersim Dağ, Ayşe Acar Başaran, Meral Danış Beştaş, Nuran İmir and Remziye Tosun, as well as Songül Korkmaz, the co-mayor of Batman, who had also been deposed, and numerous other women.

The deputy co-chair of the HDP parliamentary group Meral Danış Beştaş highlighted in a speech that the appointment of trustees is illegal as the will of the people is eliminated.

The deposed mayor Songül Korkmaz spoke about her own experiences in Batman and said that the state's action is intended to distance the people from the elected mayors: "However, the people are on our side. If another election was to be held tomorrow, the results would be no different. The government wants to take what it could not achieve at the ballot box. We will continue our work because the people have given us the power to do so."

Further protests took place in Kiziltepe, in several districts of Amed (Diyarbakir), in Cizre, Adana and Hatay.
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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu May 21, 2020 11:52 am

HDP speakers detained
outside Ankara office


Officials and members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) publicly addressing state dismissal of its mayors were detained by police in the Turkish capital city of Ankara on Wednesday, the party has announced

Turkey’s interior ministry removed from office and detained HDP mayors in the municipalities of Igdir, Siirt, Baykan, Kurtalan, and Altinova on Friday for alleged links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in yet another wave of a government crackdown on party officials.

The party said on Wednesday that their Ankara province co-chairs and other party members took to the front of their office to read out a statement responding to Friday’s raids but were blocked from doing so by police, who then detained some of those involved.

“Central Executive Member, Ankara provincial co-chair & party members have been detained while they were making a press statement about the latest trustee appointment to our municipalities,”read an English-language tweet from the HDP, which added that the government “cannot intimidate us with such attacks. We will continue to defend people's will."

The HDP did not give a definite total for those arrested, but called for the immediate release of four officials it announced were being held.

The party’s Sanliurfa deputy Omer Ocalan published a video, apparently filmed from above from inside the office, purportedly showing a party member being bundled into a van by police officers.

The HDP is a frequent target of state crackdown, and is accused by Ankara of being the political wing of the PKK, which has been involved in a decades-long conflict with the Turkish state in pursuit of cultural and political rights for Kurds in the country.

The HDP has denied organic links to the Kurdish rebels - but unlike the state or other Turkish political parties, it does not view the PKK as a terrorist organization and has expressed its respect for the ideology of jailed party leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The party won 65 of over a thousand municipalities in the March 2019 local elections, but six mayor-elects were banned from taking up office on the grounds that they had been previously dismissed by the government.

According to official party data sent to Rudaw English, only 14 of the HDP mayors remain in office.

EU backlash

The European Union has released two statements condemning the removal of the mayors this week.

Anders Knape, president of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, said on Tuesday that Ankara continues dismissing Kurdish mayors “even during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

“[T]he excessive use of legal proceedings against local elected representatives and their replacement by state appointed officials is not only an affront to those who stand up for free and fair elections, it is also a serious and permanent threat to the proper functioning of local democracy in Turkey,“ he added.

The European External Action Service (EEAS), which manages the EU’s diplomatic relations with other states, said Monday that the recent dismissal of five mayors belonging to the HDP in southeast Turkey “appear to be politically motivated.”

“Decisions and actions taken by the Turkish authorities against municipalities with mayors from opposition parties remain of deep concern, in particular when they appear to be politically motivated,” it added.

Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, HDP deputy and a member of Turkish parliament’s Human Rights Committee told Rudaw English on Tuesday that the EU has failed to show “strong reactions” against human rights violations in Turkey, for fear Ankara could set a new wave of refugees upon Europe.

“The European Union does not show strong reactions with some concerns. There have been crises about refugees. Following these crises, after Erdogan has used the refugees as a political card, the European Union spends the day with prudent condemnation,” said Gergerlioglu.

He called on the EU to replace its “prudent” condemnations of Ankara with “stricter language.”

“The European Union should use a stricter language and apply stricter sanctions because the appointment of trustees clearly means disregarding the will of the people. It is an incredible massacre of democracy.”

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

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri May 22, 2020 8:49 pm

Turkish authorities
detain 18 tied to HDP


Turkish police detained at least 18 people belonging or tied to the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), including women's rights group members, on Friday as part of an anti-terror operation, according to state media, in the third wave of HDP-related arrests in a week

The 18 detained in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir include officials from the HDP and other groups affiliated to the party, the state-owned TRT news outlet reported, and police are continuing their search for 3 other people.

HDP spokesperson Ebru Guney confirmed in a press conference that some current and former HDP officials have been detained, calling for their release.

Though raids on the HDP and affiliated groups are frequent, it is rare that so many women, who worked for two HDP-tied women's rights associations, were among the detained.

Rosa Women’s Association, unofficially linked to the HDP, said that four of its officials and members were detained at 5 am in police raids on their homes in Diyarbakir, including association head Adalet Kaya.

“Search continues at our association’s office,” a tweet from the association read at 10 am on Friday.

“We have worked and fought ceaselessly [for our rights] in an environment where women are subjected to violence since the foundation of our association. We will never accept today’s unlawful act against our association,” the group added, calling for the “immediate” release of the detainees.

The independent Bianet news outlet reported that two activists from the Free Women’s Movement (TJA), another group with unofficially links with the HDP, were also detained. The remaining officials belonged to the HDP itself and its sister Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

Gunay called for the release of all today’s detainees, especially those from both women associations.

“Rosa Women’s Association is the only association that fights violence against women in the region but it was raided this morning,” she said, claiming that the government wants to protect perpetrators of gender-based violence by targeting women's groups.

The HDP is accused by Ankara of being the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) - an armed group involved in a decades-long conflict with the Turkish state in pursuit of cultural and political rights for Kurds in the country.

The party has denied organic links to the Kurdish rebels - but unlike the state or other Turkish political parties, it does not view the PKK as a terrorist organization and has expressed its respect for the ideology of jailed party leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Turkey’s interior ministry removed from office and detained HDP mayors in the municipalities of Igdir, Siirt, Baykan, Kurtalan, and Altinova last Friday for alleged links with the PKK in yet another wave of a government crackdown on party officials.

The HDP said on Wednesday that their Ankara province co-chairs and other party members were blocked from taking to the front of their office to read out a statement responding to Friday’s raids by police, who then detained some of those involved.

The party won 65 of over a thousand municipalities in the March 2019 local elections. Only 14 of the HDP mayors remain in office, according to official party data sent to Rudaw English earlier this month.

Proceedings to strip 19 HDP lawmakers of parliamentary immunity for trial for alleged links to the PKK are underway, pro-HDP news outlet ANF reported on Friday.

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

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri May 29, 2020 11:19 pm

Batman HDP Provincial
co-chairs taken into custody


Batman HDP Provincial co-chairs Ömer Kutlu and Fatma Albay were taken into custody after the police raided the HDP building for two hours

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Batman provincial building was searched by police allegedly on the pretext that photos of Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan were seen at actions outside the building.

HDP deputies Ayşe Acar Başaran, Mehmet Rüştü Tiryaki, Dr. Nejdet Ipekyüz and lawyers were present while the police searched the building.

Party's executives and members waited outside the building.

Police seized photographs of Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan, PKK Haki Karer, Sakine Cansiz as well as digital material.

Batman Provincial co-chairs Ömer Kutlu and Fatma Albay were taken into custody.
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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri May 29, 2020 11:25 pm

Court rules to continue to keep Yüksekdağ and Demirtaş in jail

The Court has decided to continue the detention of HDP former co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş.

The lawyers of Yüksekdağ and Demirtaş attended the arrest investigation carried out by the 7th Criminal Court of Peace, in Ankara.

Announcing its ruling after the lawyer's defense statements, Ankara 7th Criminal Court of Peace, said that there was no new development in favour of Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ and such to change the detention decision and therefore said the two politicians will remain in prison.

On 20 September 2019, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office decided to remand in custody the People's Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş on the grounds of the Kobanê incidents on 20 September 2019.
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