Press conference at the EP on the mass arrests of HDP deputies

thumbs_b_c_7a488c098af2d9f9b8fde6496378c6eeA Press conference organized by the Kurdish Friendship Group was held this morning in the European Parliament to denounce the recent arrests of members of the Peoples Democratic Party of Turkey and in particular its two co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag.

The two Presidents of the Group Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE / NGL) and Bodil Valero (Greens/EFA) received the HDP’s European representative Eyyup Doru and the honorary president of the HDP and MP for the city of Izmir, Ertuğrul Kürkçü.

Mrs. Vergiat introduced the debate by noting that democracy in Turkey was in danger now more than ever and that the attempted coup denounced by all, in Turkey and elsewhere, was currently widely used as an excuse for the regression of the rule of law.  One of the best examples according to her is the arrests of HDP’s MPs. She  added that once again Kurds were those paying the heaviest price.

She also strongly criticized the position of the European Union and said the latter must cease to simply make statements of concern by reprimanding the unacceptable and dangerous attitude of the AKP government and warned that the UE will bear a heavy responsibility in the evolution of the situation if it continues this policy of inaction.

Bodil Valero for his part expressed the unprecedented deterioration of the situation in Turkey for more than a year and stressed the fact that Turkey, which is taking the worst possible direction accumulating all these unacceptable human rights violations, receded from the EU and has continued to use state of emergency and terrorism legislation to silence the Kurdish opposition in Turkey and restrict freedom of expression in general. She also criticized the passivity of the European Union in dealing with these situations.

Ertuğrul Kürkçü finally spoke about the ongoing logic of repression in recent years against the Kurdish opposition and its general indifference. He also clarified that the purges carried out at night and without legal mandates of arrest beforehand didn’t exist within either the Criminal Code or any other law, adding that this was simply realised within an arbitrary removal of  democratically elected HDP’s deputies, noting that Turkey was heading straight towards a dictatorial system without equivalent before the world’s indifference.