The second session of Democratic Republic Conference continues on day two under the heading, “What kind of a future, what kind of a Republic?” on Sunday, reported Mezopotamya News Agency.
The schedule of the two-day conference organised by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Istanbul includes Yüksel Genç’s presentation, “What do women want?”, Aslı Odman’s “What do the workers want”, Mustafa Aslan’s “What do Alevis want?” and Tayip Temel’s “What do the Kurds want?”.
During one of the sessions, the journalist Haydar Ergül drew attention to the concept of “Democratic Republic” proposed by the founding leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan.
“It is necessary to build Democratic Modernity, as an alternative to Capitalist Modernity,” said Ergül underlining the restoration of the usurped rights of the subordinated peoples.
He also said that if the peoples of Turkey want freedom and a better future, they need to stand up for Öcalan.
Kenan Kalyon, member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)’s advisory board, also stressed the need for a Democratic Republic. “A Democratic Republic is not a social republic. It is still a political form. It is a republic that has brought formal equality to the most logical processes. The current world and historical conditions point to the need for a Democratic Republic to evolve into a social republic in order to survive”.
Kalyon also added that the Democratic Republic does not impose an official language top down and that the Democratic Republic is neutral in the face of all beliefs transferring the issue to the communities and purifies the state from religion.
The conference will end on Sunday.