November 4th report from HDP
The majority-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has published a report on the anniversary of the arrests of their co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.
The report, entitled "Freedom for Democratic Politics", documents the pressure put on their party over the last two years.
It said that the process of decline in tolerance for democratic Kurdish opposition began in the wake of the July 2016 leaking of the Dolmabahçe Agreement, a document that supposedly represented a Feb. 2016 agreement made between the government and a group of people close to PKK militant group figurehead Abdullah Öcalan for the resolution of the Kurdish conflict:
Between 2013 and 2015, with the great efforts of Mr. Abdullah Öcalan, who is in prison on İmralı Island, a historical opportunity was gained for the solution of the Kurdish problem, and for peace and the democratisation of Turkey. This historic opportunity was wasted by President Erdoğan and the AKP due to their ambitions for power, and the Dolmabahçe Agreement declared by the İmralı Delegation and the AKP Government on February 28, 2015 was ignored. Just like the Kurdish problem, the solution process was also rejected. As part of this framework, Mr. Öcalan has been isolated in solitary confinement for the 945 days from April 5, 2015 until the present day, when this report was published.
On the way to the June 7, 2015 elections, many of the HDP's election activities were prevented and attacks against provincial and district organizations were organised. Simultaneous bombings were carried out on the HDP buildings in Mersin and Adana provinces. On June 5, 2015, 5 people lost their lives and nearly 400 people were wounded in a bombing at election rally held in Diyarbakir.