Thursday, May 10, 2007


"The trouble with free elections is, you never know who is going to win."
~ Leonid Brezhnev.

According to Milliyet, Rakel Dink, Akin Birdal, and Gencay Gursoy will be offered the opportunity to run as independent candidates by the Kurdish DTP. According to the same report, famed Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc has already applied with DTP to become an independent candidate from Dersim.

Rakel Dink is the widow of Hrant Dink, who was murdered by the Deep State in January of this year. Akin Birdal, who survived an assassination attempt by the Deep State in 1998, has long been in the fight for human rights in Turkey, having served many years as the Istanbul IHD head. Gencay Gursoy is the chief of the Turkish Doctor's Union.

And so the elections become much more interesting as DTP begins to make its moves. We should know more by next week, when all shall be revealed.

See also something from English-language Sabah, from the hevals at KurdishInfo. They also have another item about AKP's efforts to limit the votes of illiterate voters--and this piece of legislation was aimed specifically voters in "The Southeast."

That's democracy, right?


Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why they are saying the DTP can only gain ~30 seats. That's only about 6% of the parliament's seats. How many Kurds have been led astray by the AKP?

Mizgîn said...

DTP is going to run 40 candidates from 40 areas and they are hoping to get 37 of those.

Part of the problem with AKP is that it is not hindered in campaigning in Kurdish areas while DTP is. I remember something from last year in which Ahmet Turk was talking about the fact that DTP is prevented from going into certain areas by TSK. I'm willing to bet that AKP does not have the same problem.

Then there have been the investigations against DTP politicians, the detentions, the trials, the arrests, the imprisonments . . . basically the campaign of harassment that has been going on for well over a year now.

Another problem are Gulen schools. Gulen schools should be boycotted and/or shut down. They could be shut down in South Kuridstan but in North Kurdistan, I think they'd have to be boycotted.

Why is DTP not running more candidates? Well, maybe they don't have more potential candidates that they feel would be able to win this time around.

Anyway, candidates should be finalized by June 18 and we'll see what happens until then.