HDP condemns Turkish government raids on municipalities in Kurdish southeast


Kurdish HDP supporters. File photo

ARA News

CIZRE – The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) protested the seizure of 28 municipalities by Turkish authorities, saying they will not accept the ignoring of the voters’ will.

On the morning of Eid al-Adha Eve, the political administration has raided 28 municipalities, stating to have “seized power” through trustees, which is reminiscent of 12 September 1980 coup d’état from 30 years ago, the HDP said. The Turkish government says they were discharged for links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

“There is no difference between the mentality that bombards the Parliament, the elected public will, and the mentality that storms into the municipalities shouting to have “seized power,” in an usurpation of the local public will,” the HDP said, referring to municipalities in the Kurdish areas southeastern Turkey.

“We reiterate that the regulation enabling assignments of trustees over municipalities, brought through a Decree with the Power of Law by the AKP administration and Erdogan, violates multiple Constitutional clauses, democratic international agreements signed by Turkey, including the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Charter of Local Self Government, the universal law and fundamental human rights,” the pro-Kurdish party said in a statement on Sunday.

The HDP mayors were elected by majority vote in the local elections in the Kurdish-majority Southeast of Turkey.

“Ignoring the voters’ will, rendering local administrations ineffective, this unlawful regulation is null and void for us,” the HDP said.

“This unlawful and arbitrary attitude will do nothing but intensify existing issues, causing the Kurdish issue to become unresolvable to further degrees,” it stressed.

The HDP called on the Turkish government to “stop trying to take advantage of the recent coup attempt” on July 15th.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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