Wednesday, April 22, 2009


From MEP Vittorio AGNOLETTO and MEP Feleknas UCA

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Dear Members, Dear Colleagues,

On Monday we sent you an important information about the very disturbing news coming from Turkey concerning the arrest of 300 members and activists of the legal, legitimate and parliamentary pro-Kurdish DTP party ("Democratic Society Party / DTP"), among them the three DTP vice-presidents! We received today a significant letter from the DTP representative for Europe, Mr Fayik Yagizay, that we think important to send to all EP Members, for a necessary political reaction: you can find it here below and -also- as attachment. How can a candidate country violate in such a manner the fundamental rights of its own population? [Emphasis Mizgîn]

We keep you informed about the situation, thank you for your attention,

MEP Vittorio AGNOLETTO and MEP Feleknas UCA



22nd of April, 2009

[Note: All emphasis original]

The police operation against our party DTP which started in 13 provinces on 14th of April 2009 has been escalated to a very serious stage. More than 300 members, executives and activists including three vice presidents of our party have been detained. 153 of them were sent to the court and put in to the prison and the others are still under detention. The operation is still going on and the police are arresting new people almost every hour! None of these people are members of an illegal organization, but they are all members, activists and executives of our legal, legitimate and parliamentary party.

Everybody agrees that we got a clear victory at last local elections on 29 of March 2009. Despite many violations, oppressions and tricks, we almost doubled the number of our municipalities (from 56 to 98); we were the first party in 10 provinces in the east and south-east of Turkey. We could win many more provinces if there were democratic and fair elections.

After these results, many people in Turkey started to discuss the Kurdish Question and they wanted the government to launch a dialogue with the DTP for a peaceful solution. When Mr. Obama had a visit to Turkey, he had a meeting with the leader of our party Mr. Ahmet Turk, and he said that there should be a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey.

On the other hand, we heard very dangerous statements from Prime minister, vice prime minister, The Chief of the General Staff and some other state officials stating how dangerous the success of our party is for the national security of the Turkish State.

After these statements, we can easily say that this operation is a political operation. The government and the army got very disappointed and nervous because of our success. While Mr. Erdogan expecting to win some of our provinces, we won many more and we almost doubled the number of our municipalities. So we can say that the main reason of this operation is our success, and it is a kind of revenge!

We fear that this oppression on our party will damage the belief of democratic struggle among our people and aggravate more the unstable situation in Turkey. We have committed ourselves to the democratic struggle for peace and freedom in our country! But we need the support of progressive international public opinion.

As a democratic party in Turkey we ask you to show your solidarity with our party and have a declaration against this dangerous operation. We expect that the European Parliament to react, as it had in the case of Mrs. Leyla Zana, 1995 Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought.

Best regards,

Fayik YAGIZAY, DTP representative for Europe


Related: More on Ahmet Türk in London from Hevallo.


hamo said...

"We expect that the European Parliament to react, as it had in the case of Mrs. Leyla Zana, 1995 Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought."

If all the DTP party activists jailed, tortured for several years, killed and when there is no hope then who knows DTP as a party may get another Sakharow Prize from the EU Parliement as same as what they did to Leyla Zana.

I can not believe these EU useless bastards even accepting Romania and Bulgaria for EU memberships. I met here with few Romanians and what I hear from them about the Romans and the Hungarians is much worst then what Turks think about the Kurds.

I guess EU is going much towards to right wing fascist direction by staying quite and even supporting these backward countries such as accepting Romania and Bulgaria into EU and tolerating Turkey for their oppression against the Kurds.

Mizgîn said...

Well, Hamo, come on! The whole EU thing is an economic thing. It doesn't have anything to do with human rights or anything like that.

The EU balks at Turkey's accession because it doesn't want the economic problems that it's going to inherit from the situation in The Southeast if it allows Turkey's accession.

Romania and Bulgaria are somewhat economically viable, but The Southeast?

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