Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has written an article for the Duvar newspaper covering the Kobanê process, the government’s approach to the situation and the HDP’s policy.
Demirtaş who has been in jail for nearly four years, articulated the HDP’s policy during the Kobanê process and recalled President Erdoğan’s speech from 7 October 2014.
Demirtaş wrote that “‘Kobanê fell, it will fall”’ — this is the sentence that triggered the provocations. And the first provocation took place right after Erdoğan’s speech. In the Varto district of Muş, the police opened fire on demonstrators and 13 people were killed, one a 25-year-old HDP member, Hakan Buksur”.
In his article Demirtaş also included examples of how some columnists “provoked the public with their admiration and propaganda of ISIS”.
“Do you really believe that you can defeat the HDP, which you could not cope with in politics and at the ballot box, through your gangs in the judiciary and the media?” Demirtaş wrote.
”On 6 and 9 October, no one made the slightest hint that the HDP’s statement contained a call for violence. In fact, President Erdogan, speaking in the refugee camp in Gaziantep Islahiye on 7 October, did not say a word about the HDP calling for violence. Because there was no such thing. Because there is neither violence nor the slightest perception that HDP’s statement is a call for violence. If a party calls for ‘violence’, there should be a warning or a statement from official representatives or civillians, but it did not. There was no call for violence.”
Demirtaş continued: ”Do you believe that you can cause the Kobanê massacres, for which we were arrested again six years later even though we were victims, and use secret witnesses and escape responsibility? Do you think this conspiracy will not one day be revealed?”