Turkey’s ruling AKP also steals voters, claims pro-Kurdish leader

Pervin Buldan has warned Turkish citizens about falling under the darkness of fascism if they continue failing to unite.

The co-chairman of Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was speaking the party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

The politician criticised the ruling Justice and Development Party(AKP) for targeting and arresting HDP leaders, former co-leaders of HDP Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtaş. Both of them are behind bars now.

She said this year will also be a year of struggle, as was the case last year.

Buldan said: “Despite the dark period we are experiencing, no one should be pessimistic. People from seven years old to 70 years old scream for justice. Every darkness will be followed by brightness” Buldan said.

Buldan said her life was in danger.

Leyla Güven’s hunger strike exceeds two months

She further told about the hunger strike led by Leyla Güven, HDP’s MP for Hakkari, far southeastern city, that lasted sixty-two days and now her life is at risk.

“Prison has become her second address. Her father and mother passed away and she was in prison. She lost 14 kilos. Her blood pressure is dropping. She has nausea. Her body does not accept fluid consumption. She is struggling for a peaceful future of this country in the prison where she has been kept unlawfully. Güven has vowed to continue with the hunger strike in a bid to prevent the ruling party’s concerted efforts to divide the country.”

This was in reference to the government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On the upcoming elections at the end of March, Buldan said the elections present a historical chance to put an end to the AKP’s sixteen-year rule that has brought the country to its knees.

She further went on to call on citizens to “stand against injustices and support democracy. And not give away this country to a fascist rule.”

Buldan said only the HDP can stop the oppressive regime of the AKP.

“As HDP members, we need to stand strong and not step back. On the contrary, we need to increase our struggle determination. No one will have a power to destroy big plane-tree,” Buldan told fellow party members.

Call for unity among Kurdish parties

Buldan highlights that unity among with other Kurdish parties is important to continue to implement principles in the (Kurdish) region and West cities to defeat the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and AKP election alliance.  

Buldan also said the trustee regime has no chance of victory in the election and has already lost.

Buldan claims the AKP government appointed loyal bureaucrats to municipalities to forcefully take over the management of cities from elected mayors.

We knew they steal vote, but now they steal voters also.

Buldan said that HDP will punish AKP at the ballot box in the Kurdish region. “AKP manipulates voter registration and they think they will win the election by playing with voter records. Now they start to steal voters. They are refusing to people’s free will.”

“Usurper regime sells Sur’s (central old town in Diyarbakir) properties. They destroy history, nature and sells forest for unearned income,” she further claimed.

She said the AKP only thinks of money. They will force the public to pay credits which companies don’t pay. There is a big gap between minimum wage increase and inflation. Life becomes very expensive now. People in Erdogan’s Palace, cannot survive even in a day with this minimum wage salary,” Buldan lashed out.  

The outspoken politician said the AKP regime couldn’t protect the life of a young academic, killed by her student in the middle of the capital Ankara.

Ceren Damar, a research assistant at Cankaya University Law Faculty, was killed on January 2 by a disgruntled law student after she caught him cheating in an examination.

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