Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Member Mustafa Karasu said on Saturday that Turkey’s state organisation collapsed in the earthquake disaster and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was trying to cover up the facts about the earthquake with special war methods.
The Turkish government’s policies caused the earthquakes to turn into an even greater disaster with widespread destruction, Karasu told ANF. Stating that the Turkish government could not stand by the people in times of disaster, Karasu underlined that the gravity of the disaster was prevented from being much more severe due to community solidarity and the efforts of non-governmental organisations.
Karasu called on everyone to help those affected by the earthquake through non-governmental organisations and expressed that earthquake aid should not be given to the AKP government, which did not properly use the earthquake taxes collected after the 1999 İzmit earthquake, or Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
Karasu also emphasised that the depopulation that took place in the west of the Euphrates after the Kahramanmaraş (Mereş) Massacre was still going on today and urged everyone to join the efforts to make the region a liveable place again in order to counter the state’s depopulation policy against Alevi and Kurdish areas.
The Maraş massacre was the massacre of more than 100 Alevi Kurds in Kahramanmaraş in December 1978, primarily by the far-right Turkish nationalist group Grey Wolves.