Mothers of murdered politicians speak out

The mothers of three Kurdish female politicians, Farma Uyar, Pakize Nayır and Seve Demir, who were murdered during the 2016 curfews in Turkey’s Kurdish cities, spoke about their grief and said the perpetrators will one day be held to account.

In 2015 the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance prepared a Destruction Plan against the Kurdish people and the Kurdish political movement. The memories of Kurdish resistance are still alive.

Kurds resisted 63 curfews declared in seven provinces and 22 districts between 16 August 2015 and 18 March 2016. According to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, 310 civilians and several YPS and YPS Jin members lost their lives during the incidents. Several members of the Turkish army and police also lost their lives.

On 4 January 2016, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Party Council member Seve Demir, Women’s Freedom Congress member Fatma Uyar and Silopi People’s Assemby co-chair Pakize Nayır were murdered in the Silopi district of Şırnak (Şirnex). The three women had gone to the district as volunteers to help people during the curfews. They were all injured as a result of shooting from an armoured military vehicle as they were passing through the Karşıyaka neighbourhood. All three died while waiting for medical assistance. The killers were never tried.

Sêvê Demir’s mother, Sultan Demir, said, “Martyrs’ families, prisoners’ families, guerillas’ families and patriots should collaborate. Then peace and tranquility is possible, then the cruelty ends”.

Pakize Nayır’s mother Behiye Nazır also talked about her daughter and said, “Pakize was attending meetings and marches. She always resisted against injustice”.

Referring the murders, Fatma Uyar’s mother Hatice Uyar said, “They had neither guns nor bombs with them. All three were civil people. They were injured, and the ambulance was called too late. The police executed them

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