HDP co-chair sees no boundaries in PKK propaganda, terror rhetoricSource : http://www.dailysabah.com/kurdish-issue/2015/09/09/hdp-co-chair-sees-no-boundaries-in-pkk-propaganda-terror-rhetoric
FATIH ŞEMSETTIN IŞIK
Published September 8, 2015
Through a string of aggressive statements, HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ is trying to legitimize PKK terrorism while openly advocating violence to reach her aim over the bodies of civilians and soldiers
The rhetoric used by Fiden Yüksekdağ ever since she came to public attention as the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair before the June 7 elections has become more pro-PKK, overtly aggressive and divisive, openly siding with the terrorist group's escalating violence in a bid to weaken the national security and integrity of the country. While she chose to be in the background before the elections, allowing her more media-friendly co-chair, Selahattin Demirtaş, to attract voters in the country's west, soon afterward she pushed herself to the foreground with increasingly aggressive speeches that discounted the reconciliation process and favored outright autonomy or independence in the east and southeast while legitimizing PKK terrorism.
On Sunday, speaking before the HDP's Central Executive Board meeting, she said her party was ready for "resistance or elections," which attracted serious criticism for coming on the day the PKK killed 15 police officers in two separate attacks. She is known to have described the PKK in the past as a "national liberation movement" and saying that the group stood for "democracy and equality."
Burhanettin Duran, the general coordinator of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), said the PKK is trying to form cantons in the east and southeast of Turkey just like what the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) has done in Syria. "Not only Yüksekdağ, but other officials from the HDP are making statements supporting this aim, trying to legitimize PKK terrorism as a political struggle. Namely, a pan-Kurdist political action is tried to be carried out here," he claimed.
On July 19, speaking while visiting Kobani in Syria after the Suruç suicide bombing by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that killed 34 activists, she said: "We lean our back on the YPJ [Women's Protection Units], YPG [People's Protection Units] and PYD and we do not see any harm in mentioning and defending it."
During a speech in an HDP group meeting in 2014, Yüksekdağ said: "In order to make politics and use the realms of freedom, we need to die. We need to die with our women, children and politicians."
On Aug. 10 Yüksekdağ paid a condolence visit to the families of PKK terrorists killed in Varto, Muş in the southeast, the same day the group killed three soldiers and a police officer.
Nihal Bengisu Karaca, a member of the Wise Men Committee established as part of the reconciliation process and a columnist at Habertürk, said Yüksekdağ's rhetoric was fed by U.S. support for the PYD in Syria, which is believed to seek autonomy or independence in the country's north.
Yüksekdağ, who rose as a socialist activist from among semi-legal socialist movements in the country, co-founding the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and then joining an election coalition with the HDP, is known to have made remarks on other political fractions and terrorist organizations.
She purportedly praised the terrorist activities of the outlawed Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) and encouraged young people to become suicide bombers in a closed-door commemorative meeting of an MLKP-linked suicide bomber who was killed in an attempt to attack a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) building in Istanbul in 2012. Yüksekdağ said: "We have taken many lives and have lost many lives in our revolutionary march in this country," which was wiretapped by police.
No one should test the patience of the man in the streetSource : http://www.dailysabah.com/columns/ilnur-cevik/2015/09/09/no-one-should-test-the-patience-of-the-man-in-the-street
Published 20 hours ago
It is time for Kurdish politicians to declare in the eyes of the public, by condemning the PKK's increasing terrorist attacks, that they are the one representing the Kurdish citizens, not the PKK
The ambush in Dağlıca in the southeastern border province of Hakkari and the bomb attack in the northeastern city of Iğdır has shown PKK savageness has reached a new peak since the terrorist organization resumed its violent activities on July 22.
Turks displayed great fury over the Dağlıca attack that left 16 soldiers dead and six wounded. People took to the streets in major cities and in some cities frustrated Turks clashed with police. The government vowed to take effective steps until the mountains of Turkey are cleared of all the PKK militants. Now we have the Iğdır attack on Tuesday where 14 policemen have been murdered in another bombing ambush.
It is clear that the government, security forces as well as the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are taking the issue very seriously and have launched an all-out fight against the PKK that includes restoring law and order in places like trouble spots of Cizre near the Syrian and Iraqi border. The military is systematically combing the main highways to clear them of the PKK militants who have been harassing the local people for more than a year. Security forces in the cities are working round the clock to weed out the PKK pockets that have been formed because the militants exploited the peace and reconciliation process launched by the government to enhance their terrorist presence in cities and townships instead of making a real effort to give peace a chance.
The Turkish people have always displayed great tolerance, understanding and goodwill. They have not opposed the peace and reconciliation process despite the fact that most of our citizens did not really understand what the process involved. People gave the government the benefit of the doubt and yet the PKK misused this golden opportunity to help enhance the reconciliation process.
Now with the new wave of violence unleashed by the PKK the Turkish people are angry, frustrated and feel humiliated. That is very dangerous. They now see that the PKK has no intention of helping a process where Turks and Kurds reconcile their differences and force a new order of coexistence. All they see is a PKK bent on dividing the country and establishing a separate Kurdish entity in southeastern Turkey. They see the PKK killing soldiers, policemen, doctors, teachers and other similar civilians in an extremely cowardly manner. Thus angers build up and the man in the street reaches a boiling point. This is where we stand at the moment.
Now it is up to those who run the country to ease these frustrations and angers. They have to show results that they are effectively pacifying the PKK and thus appease the public while respecting the norms of a democratic country. That means while fighting terrorism they have to show utmost care to respect freedoms and liberties. Of course all this is easier said than done especially in an environment where the PKK does not respect any human values.
Besides that, the ordinary Kurds of Turkey have to display solidarity with their Turkish brothers and sisters and stand up against the PKK violence. They should not allow the PKK to bully them and humiliate them. They should not allow the PKK to portray itself as the true and only representative of the Kurdish cause.
Yes we always supported the idea that the Kurds of Turkey need to "feel" like first class citizens of the Turkish Republic. Now we also say the Kurds have to strongly and convincingly display their solidarity with the Turks against PKK violence and make the Turks "feel" that they are not alone in this fight. That means the Kurdish political movement has to abandon its indirect support to the PKK and stand up to the terrorists in earnest without hiding behind fancy words and creating alibis. There should be no "ifs" and "buts."
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Pourquoi le PKK est une organisation criminelle et terroriste : actes terroristes indiscriminés, attentats-suicides, kidnappings, trafic de drogue, trafic d'êtres humains, extorsions de fonds, blanchiment d'argent
Qui sont les victimes du PKK ?