Turkey's pro-Kurdish Green Left Party has issued an urgent call for change, denouncing what it describes as an authoritarian system perpetuating conflict, oppression and exclusion in the country.https://t.co/XFVqg3ZYUq pic.twitter.com/eYzSxkvFGp
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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Green Left Party has issued an urgent call for change, denouncing what it describes as an authoritarian system that perpetuates conflict, oppression and exclusion in the country.
The call was made during a press conference in the country’s parliament on Sunday, at the start of the new parliamentary year. The party had planned to release the statement earlier today, Sunday, but it was delayed due to this morning’s bomb attack in Ankara.
Green Left spokesperson Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar addressed several pressing issues, including the Kurdish question and the need for democratic solutions.
Highlights from the Green Left Party statement:
“As long as there is no solution to the Kurdish question, which the government once claimed it would solve, to the extent that President Erdoğan said if necessary he would go so far as to drink hemlock, but which he now ignores, the peoples of Turkey will continue to pay a heavy price.”
“The bread of the poor is sacrificed to bullets and weapons by creating a self-professed security regime with the discourse that we are in danger. In response to the strong and effective presence and promise of Mr [Abdullah] Ocalan, who said: ‘If I’m given the opportunity, I can create a peaceful environment within a week’, the insistence on the policy of war and impoverishment continues to reveal the calculations and interests of those who want the Kurdish question to remain unresolved and hope to benefit from war”.
“Today, the Kurdish question and the isolation are not a problem just for the Kurdish people, they are a problem for everyone in the country. The unresolved Kurdish issue also means hunger and misery for the youth, the workers, the women and the children.
“The most real and imperative responsibility of everyone and every group of people who claim to be involved in the construction of a democratic Turkey is to take an active role and to strive for the solution of the Kurdish question through democratic and peaceful methods, and the lifting of the isolation as a preliminary step”.
“The parliament is one of the most important and powerful places for discussing, debating and agreeing on the solution. Today, the parliament has a historical responsibility and an obligation to solve the Kurdish question”.