Pro-Kurdish parliamentarian to participate in Castro’s memorial


Ertuğrul Kürkçü, current honorary chief of HDP in Turkey. File photo

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An MP from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will travel to Cuba and participate in the farewell ceremony for Fidel Castro. Cuba’s revolutionary leader died on November 25 at the age of 90.

“On behalf of the HDP, our İzmir MP, Mr Ertuğrul Kürkçü, will take part in the public ceremony that will take place on December 3 […] and also in the ceremony for the internment of Fidel Castro’s ashes on December 4,” the HDP said in a statement.

Kürkçü is a controversial figure within Turkey. After the coup in 1971, he was imprisoned for attempting to kidnap military technicians. In 1997, Kürkçü was arrested for translating a Human Rights Watch report, which implicated the security forces in human rights violations.

“The casket carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes has currently departed from Havana and will be interred on December 4 at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery alongside José Martí, the historic leader of the Cuban struggle for independence and freedom,” the HDP noted.

A meeting between Cuban government representatives and Kürkçü has reportedly been planned as part of the occasion.

Kürkçü is a leftwing politician from the Anatolian city of Bursa and the founder of the Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP). He serves concurrently as the Member of Parliament representing Izmir and the HDP’s Honorary President.

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