Saturday, December 12, 2009

AKP Government throws Turkey into darkness

The possible closure of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), would create a chaotic environment that replaces dialogue with clashes.
Labour Party (EMEP), Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) and the People’s Houses (HE) held a press conference on Thursday to support the embattled DTP.
EMEP head Levent Tüzel said Monday’s attack in Tokat, which killed seven soldiers, seems to be the work of actors who want to trigger violent incidents in relation to the Kurdish problem. Tüzel said the time and location of the attack increase the possibility of it being part of a conspiracy, adding, “However, that does not reduce the AKP’s responsibility” to manage the current tense atmosphere throughout the country.
“The DTP is a bridge between communities, just as [DTP co-leader] Ahmet Türk said. If the party is closed down, there will be no representative of the Kurdish people in the political sphere and the country will slide into chaos,” said ÖDP head Alper Ta?.
“If you try to solve the Kurdish question without Kurds or without giving them rights, then it cannot be called a democratic solution,” said ?lknur Birol, head of the People’s Houses, speaking about the current court case to shut down the DTP.
The three organisations accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), of not taking serious steps in granting rights and freedoms to Kurdish people in Turkey.
“It turned out that the recent ‘initiative’ of the AKP is far from solving the current problems,” Birol said Thursday.
Three organisations said; AKP is employing a chauvinist discourse on the Kurdish issue, just like the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
“The understanding that sees the Kurdish problem as a ‘terror problem’ does not bring peace,” Birol said in reference to the AKP’s recent attitude about the Kurdish question.
Street clashes between security forces and members of the DTP, along with the recent attack on soldiers in the northern province of Tokat, are signals showing that some forces want Turkey to slide into chaos, the leftist leaders said.

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