Jailed Kurdish leaders in Turkey send Newroz message, call for freedom and peace


HDP co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag. File photo

ARA News

The leaders of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on the day of Newroz sent a message on behalf of all the HDP politicians jailed after the Turkish military coup last summer.

“We salute the millions of all ages who fill Newroz arenas with the warmth of the fire of freedom. We celebrate your Newroz with the wish that it paves the way to the resolution of the Kurdish issue, democracy and peace,” Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ said in a message obtained by ARA News.

“The fire of Newroz which lights up even the deepest darkness is aflame this year as well, in spite of all repression and bans,” the imprisoned co-chairs said.

“From the Newroz of 2013 which turned into a magnificent feast upon Mr Öcalan’s historical call for peace to this day, the institution of politics has regretfully not been able to give a gift of peace to our peoples. Even though the main reason of failure is the insistence of the ruling political identity on war, we nevertheless feel ourselves indebted and embarrassed in front of our people,” the co-chairs added.

“On behalf of thousands of our comrades from HDP who are in jail we would like to once more express sincerely that we will continue with our struggle for peace never giving up our quest for freedom through democratic politics,” the HDP-leaders said.

“We will not bow in to or kneel before tyranny and tyrants. We will uphold our people’s dignity everywhere and we will definitely win,” the HDP said.

“We celebrate your Newroz once more and respectfully salute all our martyrs who engraved Newroz in history as the feast of resistance and dignity, and send our whole-hearted greetings to each and every one of you,” the HDP said.

Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, the co-leaders of HDP, and 11 of its other parliament members are in jail facing terrorism charges. Yüksekdağ was stripped of her seat in February and subsequently of her party membership after an earlier terrorism propaganda conviction was upheld.

In Turkey’s southeast, the government has taken control of 82 municipalities won by the DBP and suspended their democratically elected co-mayors under suspicion of terrorism offenses, with 90 of them jailed pending trial.

Turkey has come under increased scrutiny of human rights organizations for its human rights violations against Kurds. In March, the U.N. accused Turkey of killing hundreds of Kurds during operations against Kurdish rebels in the southeast of Turkey.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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