Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) on Wednesday issued a written statement on the devastating wildfires in Turkey, reports ANF:
KCK condemned those who accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Kurds for the wildfires.
“There is no truth in any of the news claiming that the fires had been ignited by Kurds or by the PKK. All such news is a fabrication of the special war,” said the KCK.
“Forest fires are not only a disaster for the country coping with them, but also for all of humanity and living creatures. Therefore, we, who are the people who have suffered the most, hope that peoples of Turkey recover from this pain soon and we share their pain and sorrow.”
The KCK pointed to the attitude of the Turkish government, saying “The forest fires being instrumentalised by the government to attack the Kurdish people and democractic parties has clearly revealed just how big a liability this government has turned into for the peoples of Turkey.”
The KCK underlined that the news accusing the PKK of the fires has been the product of the ‘special war’ forces, with the guidance of whom, the KCK said, “such news was fabricated in a way to provoke attacks against the Kurds. Recent lyncings and massacres against the Kurds and such smearing have the same purpose.”
Sharing serious criticism of the Turkish government, namely president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) coalition, the KCK said, “The polarisation they created and their hostility against freedom and democracy have increased the reactions against the government. The wildfires and their inability for a timely response to the wildfires has brought a burst of rage in public.”
“The fascist AKP-MHP and their special war organs tried to put the blame for the fires on the Kurds. By doing so, the AKP-MHP aims to deflect the people’s rage. This is, indeed, an example of immorality and a vicious policy.”
The KCK also recalled the much-criticised luxury palace of Erdoğan, highlighting the contradiction between the needs of the people at a moment of disaster and the wealth of the government. “Buying tens of helicopters and planes just for the special use of the president and the government, building a palace with 1001 rooms in it, owning hundreds of war planes, yet the government has no money to buy fire planes. This government tries to distort and cover up the reality of such disasters which have been actually caused by their policies.”
The KCK finally noted the desire of the Kurdish people for an equal co-existence in Turkey. “Our people and our Freedom Movement see the lands they live on as a joint homeland and desires to live in this joint homeland in a spirit of fellowship, freely and democratically. We call out to the peoples of Turkey and all democracy forces to struggle against fascist forces and to get rid of the AKP-MHP government so that we can all create a democratic Turkey and a free Kurdistan.”