Kurdish response to Turkish coup attempt


Turkish soldiers taking over Taksim square in central Istanbul on Friday, July 15, 2016. Photo: Reuters

ARA News 

QAMISHLIThe pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) said in a statement on Saturday that it’s against any form of military coups in Turkey. Also, other opposition parties rejected the coup launched by elements in the Turkish army against the Turkish government. 

“HDP, as a matter of principle and under all circumstances, is against all kinds of coups. There is no way but democracy,” the pro-Kurdish HDP said.

“This is a challenging and critical period, whatever the reason, no one should put himself instead of the will of the people,” the HDP added.

The HDP nevertheless did not call its supporters to take to the streets.

Turkey’s army has been battling Kurdish rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeast of Turkey since the collapse of a 2-year-old ceasefire in July 2015, in which at least 338 civilians were killed according to Human Rights Watch.

None of the political parties have backed the military coup against the Turkish government.

Even the Republican People’s Party (CHP) condemned the attempt.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), rejected the coup attempt, although he was recently fined by a Turkish court for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

“We absolutely do not accept a new military coup. Supporting democracy is everybody’s duty,” he said.

PKK refuses portraying Erdogan’s AKP as democratic

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a statement about the failed military coup said they are not siding with the coup plotters or the Turkish government led by the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“The AKP fascism drove the army into Kurdish cities and towns, made them burn the cities to the ground and massacre hundreds of civilians. Furthermore, it enacted laws to disallow the trial of the military for the crimes they have committed,” the PKK said on Saturday. “There already existed a military tutelage before the coup attempt made yesterday; which makes the current case an attempt of coup by a military faction against the existing military faction.”

The PKK rebel group is worried that the international community might brand the Turkish government as democratic, after they managed to resist the coup plotters.

“Portraying Tayyip Erdoğan and the fascist AKP dictator as if they were democratic after this coup attempt is an approach even more dangerous than the coup attempt itself,” the PKK said. 

“The Democracy forces do not side with either camp during these clashes. If there is a coup against democracy, it is the one carried out by the fascist AKP government,” it added. 

“Political power’s control over the judiciary, the implementation of fascist laws and policies through a parliamentarian majority, the removal of parliamentarians’ immunities, the arrest of co-mayors, the removal of co-mayors from their positions, and the imprisonment of thousands of politicians from the HDP and DBP constitute more of an actual coup,” the PKK said.

“The latest coup attempt shows that Turkey needs to get rid of the fascist AKP government and have a democratic government. The recent developments make it urgent for Turkey to democratize and get rid of its monist, hegemonic and fascist government,” the Kurdish party said.

“This coup attempt makes it necessary for us to not slow down the struggle against AKP fascism but to enhance it so that chaos and clashes in Turkey come to an end and a new democratic Turkey emerges,” the PKK concluded.

Iraqi Kurdistan rejects coup attempt 

The Kurdish government in Iraq condemned the failed coup against the Turkish government on Saturday. 

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is reliant on Turkey for exporting oil, and importing goods.

The KRG’s Head of Foreign Relations and the President’s Chief of Staff, Fuad Hussein, on Saturday visited the Turkish consulate in Erbil to express their support.

“Democratic values and principles should be respected, along with the will of the people,” the KRG government spokesperson Safeen Dizayee, wrote on Twitter.

Also, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in a statement said he backed the ‘triumph’ of supporters of Turkey government over the coup plotters.

“We are pleased to see the triumph of the people of Turkey over a group of military officers who were trying to overthrow a legitimate government against the will of people,” he said.

“We believe the failed coup will strengthen the institutions, government and people of Turkey and will prevent possible coup attempts in the future,” he added. “I congratulate Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, all parties and the people of Turkey, who had a major role in thwarting the coup.”

Kurdish journalist Abdullah Hawez told ARA News that the supporters of the different Kurdish parties in Iraqi Kurdistan were split over the coup.

“Supporters of the PUK [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan], Gorran and PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] wished for the coup to succeed for their hatred toward Erdogan,” he said. “While Islamic parties and the Kurdistan Democratic Party were against the military coup in neighbouring Turkey.”

“I think KDP is naturally against it because it has strong economic and political ties with Erdogan, and the relations appears to be more of personal than institutional. So any coup will have huge negative impact on KRG especially economically,” he concluded.

Source: ARA News 

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