Kurdish peace ambassador released in Turkey after increasing anger over his arrest


Kurdish peace ambassador Ahmet Turk. File photo

ARA News

The 74-year-old Kurdish peace ambassador and co-mayor of Mardin, Ahmet Türk, was released pending trial on Friday after increasing worries over his health conditions and anger among Kurds over his imprisonment.

“Mardin Co-mayor Ahmet Türk was released under judicial control. We will continue our struggle until all other imprisoned politicians are released,” the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) said on Friday.

Türk was arrested on November 24, and transferred to Silivri Prison. On 25 January, he was transported to the hospital escorted by security forces, angering many Kurds after humiliating pictures of his transfer were published in the media.

The Kurdish politician is suffering from heart problems.

“What difference does it make that I am in prison or not? But how will this bloodshed end? How will this issue reach a resolution? This is the question,” Ahmet Türk said right before his arrest.

“For peace, we have shouldered responsibility with our body and our soul. We had faced unimaginable tortures in Diyarbakır Prison. But we did not meet anyone with hatred. We walk for the freedom of all peoples. But no people can be free when Kurds are not,” he stated.

“Mr. Ahmet Türk is the last peace ambassador of his generation who have been struggling to end the war [between Turkey and Kurds] ongoing for more than 30 years,” Istanbul HDP Deputy Celal Dogan said.

“On this account, the attack on Mr. Türk, in spite of his elder age and his cardiac pacemaker, is a major blow on hopes for peace and desired policies towards peace-making,” he added.

On Thursday, a delegation of the HDP party met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the residence of the German Ambassador, informing her about the current political situation and the imprisonment of dozens of Kurdish politicians, including the two co-chairs of the HDP party.

“The political situation and latest developments in Turkey and the region, oppressive acts against our party and other opposition groups, and the referendum process were discussed during a 45-minute-meeting [with Merkel],” the HDP said in a statement.

“Our delegation stated to Chancellor Merkel that under normal circumstances our Co-Chairs would be leading our delegation and that the fact that they are currently imprisoned in solitary confinement alone presented a summary of Turkey’s political atmosphere,” the pro-Kurdish party said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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