Jul 03 2018

Pro-Kurdish political party are terrorists – Turkish Interior Minister

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on a television interview that the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were part of a group he called a terrorist organisation, pro-government newspaper Habertürk said.

“Turkey is fighting terrorism, but the most important issue in fighting terror is social support. We have social support. We must not support the terrorist organisation in any way, especially within our own borders. We have to carry out a flawless fight against terror,” Soylu said.

“The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has brought a party like the HDP to the parliament. There is no such party as the HDP, there is the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).”

Soylu said that he expected a frank anti-terror stance from opposition parties in the parliament but that they were doing the exact opposite.

Similarly, he said, the European Court of Human Rights were silent about terrorism but were attacking Turkey.

“The CHP base cannot accept the CHP boosting the morale of the PKK,” Soylu said. “To view the PKK and HDP as separate is a mistake.”

If this logic is adopted more widely among the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, it surely cannot be long until the HDP are banned as a party.