The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) declared a new Continuous Action Programme on 6 November.
HDP spokesperson Ebru Günay made the announcement. She stated that the party had held various discussions and meetings before formulating and unveiling the new strategy. “We have had important and historic discussions on the methods to get out of the dark spirit of the period that we are living through. Our party’s decisions will be the beginning of an era”, she said.
“As you know, we have been engaged in continuous actions, events and discussions since June. The Democratic Action Programme that we have prepared now takes the Declaration for Peace that we announced on 1 September to a higher level”, Günay added.
Günay also underlined that the HDP will be engaged in a major struggle against the AKP-MHP coalition. She asked for solidarity: “We call on the alliance of peoples to ally against the alliance of fascism. We say: ‘Let’s unite our power and defeat fascism. Fascism is as helpless and powerless as they fear it is. As the HDP, we will emphasize the need for budgets to meet the needs of the people, not palaces. We will take the democratic alliance outside parliament, which is dysfunctional now’”.
She also spoke about the latest developments in Iraqi Kurdistan relating to the rising tensions between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP): “Recent developments in Southern Kurdistan upset us all. Not the reality of a civil war taking place, but even the possibility that this may happen makes our people anxious. Our people expect freedom and national unity”.
Günay urged Kurdish political leaders to pay attention to the importance of national unity amongst Kurds: “As the HDP, we are ready to take up all responsibility and work for the development of peace and dialogue”.