Even in the election of NATO members, Turkey displays an attitude against the Kurdish struggle, stated Green Left Party MP and Co-Spokeswoman Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar.
She highlighted the fact that the unresolved Kurdish question has led to an economic crisis within the country and sparked an international crisis concerning Sweden’s bid for NATO membership.
Uçar recently visited the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul Esenyurt district headquarters, which was raided by the police on Thursday. The visit was accompanied by Green Left Party Istanbul deputies Özgül Saki and Celal Fırat, as well as HDP Istanbul Provincial Co-Chair İlknur Birol. Birol described the raid on the district office as a continuation of the government’s “plots”.
During the visit, Uçar delivered a speech stating that the police raid was unlawful and an attack on all those who engage in the struggle for democracy in Turkey. She emphasised that the overnight operation, which targeted a building of a political party represented in parliament without notifying party officials, is a continuation of the attacks on democratic politics and the Kurdish people’s struggle.
She expressed their lack of knowledge about what was taken from the building or what was placed inside during the raid. Pointing out that the government has been targeting democratic politics for a long time, Uçar stressed that the fundamental problem lies in the approach to the Kurdish issue, surpassing the approaches of previous governments.
The Green Left MP highlighted that Turkey’s opposition to the Kurdish struggle is evident even in the process of selecting NATO members. She cited the example of the democratic struggle of the Kurdish people in Sweden being deemed provocative by the NATO Secretary General due to the controversy surrounding the country’s NATO bid. She underlined that Turkey’s foreign policy is shaped accordingly, and regardless of the recklessness involved, assassinations that exacerbate the Kurdish issue continue to occur in Qamishli and Sulaymaniyah.
Uçar drew attention to the economic crisis caused by the unresolved Kurdish issue, stating that this problem affects not only the Kurdish people but also all the people of Turkey, reaching their homes and dining tables. She pointed out that governments that fail to establish the connection between war and economic crisis have been compelled to leave power, and the current government will be no exception.