Acting leader of the PKK, Murat Karayilan (R). File photo
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QAMISHLI – 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.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News