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dimanche, 3 juillet 2022



TURKEY | New attacks against democracy

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Once again, the AKP-MHP government in Turkey, led by RT Erdogan, is trampling on democracy when the election results do not suit him.

Following the coup attempt in 2016, 96 mayors of the HDP, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, the spearhead of progressive political protest in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan, had been removed from office and replaced by civil administrators appointed by the State. Following the 2019 municipal elections, the HDP was able through the polls to win the mayor’s offices in a number of major cities. But the day after the elections, the prefects of the Kurdish regions demanded the dismissal of the mayors. On 19 August 2019, it was the co- mayors of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin who were dismissed and placed in custody. In the process, more than 400 people were arrested. The State’s speech is aimed in particular at the female-male co-presidency system, which is one of the bases of the HDP’s political program.

Many demonstrations of support take place every day, each time violently repressed.
The Labour Solidarity Network supports all progressive Kurdish and Turkish forces currently fighting for democracy in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan. In particular, we support the employees of municipalities within Tüm Bel-Sen’s union, a member of the progressive public union confederation KESK, who are in the front line of the crackdown on Kurdish town halls.

While once again the most basic democratic rights are blatantly flouted by the Turkish government, we denounce the fact that world’s governments, especially those from the european union are still maintaining commercial’s agreements with Turkey, selling weapons to it that are use to repress progressive forces, and that are giving Turkey billions of euros in a so-called "refugee deal".