Erdoğan calls HDP atheist and irreligious

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday accused mainly-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of destroying mosques and schools and called the party irreligious, during his election campaign program in southeastern city Diyarbakır, the stronghold of the Kurdish political movement. 

“We build, they destroy. They are in this country to destroy. Didn’t they open tunnels under the houses? They burnt and destroyed our mosques and schools. Are we ready to teach them their lesson on June 24?” Erdoğan asked during his mass rally in the city, equating HDP with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed group which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years. 

“Do they have any connection to our values? Do they have any connection whatsoever to İslam? They are atheists, they are irreligious,” Erdoğan said about HDP during his speech.

“We have to kill the death, we have to scare the fear. Otherwise, they will come here and do whatever they want,” Erdoğan added. 

Erdoğan also said that HDP and PKK were the pawns of the West and acted according to instructions they received from western countries. He claimed that the weapons sent by the United States to Kurdish militia in Syria were used against Turkish citizens.

“We cannot remain silent, we cannot stop, we will do whatever is necessary,” said Erdoğan, hinting that Turkey’s military operation in Syria may extend to PKK basis in north Iraq.

Erdoğan praised Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) policies for establishing peace in the country. “We managed to solve the Kurdish problem. In 2018 in Turkey there is no more a Kurdish problem,” Erdoğan said.

“We have 20 days left We expect the support of the region’s opinion leaders like you during this 20 days. We expect your help,” Erdoğan told to those attending to the iftar event. “We will get results only if all of us support our cause. Otherwise, no offence but, we will pay its price all together,” Erdoğan concluded. 

Erdogan also said there is no ''Kurdish problem'' in Turkey anymore but there are Kurds exist in Turkey.