The Free Women’s Movement (TJA) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) organised a meeting with the Peace Mothers in Turkey’s eastern city of Van (Wan).
Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-Chair, Saliha Aydeniz also attended the meeting and shared a speech during which she expressed critical evaluations on the ongoing political turmoil in Turkey and in Iraqi Kurdistan giving the examples of Deniz Poyraz’s killing and Turkey’s ongoing cross-border operations.
“The very reason why they act so recklessly to the women’s struggle and to the mothers’ struggle is their fear. This is also why they killed Deniz Poyraz, becasue they are afraid of the women’s struggle,” she said.
Aydeniz noted that Turkey wants to create a system based on colonialist mentality and occupation. “The occupying system has reached to the end point, to the point where it dissolves from within,” she said. “That is why they attack everywhere. They want to maintain their presence with hostility against the Kurds.”
However, she said, “Kurdish people, Kurdish mothers, Kurdish daughters and sons wage a unique resistance against that.”
Aydeniz reminded the meeting of the ongoing struggles of Fehime Poyraz, mother of Deniz Poyraz, Emine Şenyaşar and Bedriye Doku, mother of the missing Gülistan Doku. “Mothers struggle on the frontline against all attacks in all areas of struggle, especially in this period of time, mothers’ struggle grows more stronger than ever,” she said.
The DBP co-Chair shared her view on the attitude of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) with regards to Turkey’s ongoing military operations in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. “The war has spread everywhere. The stance of the KDP today does not represent the steps to be taken for the benefit of the Kurds. The KDP should also be giving a great effort and struggling for the national unity of the women, the youth and all Kurds against this war,” she said.
For the key in achieving national unity of the Kurds and to solve the Kurdish question, Aydeniz pointed to Imralı Island, where the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan has been imprisoned since 1999.
“Whatever dirty policies they have, whatever war plans they have, whatever massacre policies they have planned, they first initiate these plans on Imralı Island. Then they spread these across Turkey from there. Turkey is under isolation today too,” she said.
Referring to the link between the isolation imposed upon Abdullah Öcalan and the solution of the Kurdish question, Aydeniz said, “Especially for the last six years, there has been a heavy and an absolute isolation. If we do not revolt against the isolation today, if we hesitate to speak our words, if we do not raise our struggle and ensure the freedom of Mr. Öcalan, Turkey would not be free and Kurdistan would not be free.”