The Turkish government has banned a poem written by Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-Chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
“The Erdoğan-AKP government’s repression on the HDP has reached the level of utter madness. On May 2, the police raided the HDP’s office in the town of Dargeçit (Mardin province) and seized a poster displaying a photograph of our Co-chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş and a poem he had penned in prison, titled “Contagious Courage,”, Hisyar Özsoy, Deputy Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs, said on Friday.
“During the raid, our party representatives were told that the Public Prosecutor in Mardin banned the poem, for it disseminated terror propaganda. Later on the same day, Mardin Criminal Court of Justice No.2 ratified the orders of prosecution, arguing, ‘these materials can be used as evidence if Mr. Demirtaş is found guilty in the future,’” Özsoy said.
“That is, the court already collected the “evidence” for a crime that would be legally deliberated at an undetermined future. This scandalous mode of reasoning relays not only the present state of Turkish judiciary under Erdoğan-AKP’s partisan tutelage but also points to the extent lawlessness awaiting the country under the impending presidential regime,” he stated.
The HDP official said that this behavior shows the Turkish government’s fear for the pro-Kurdish opposition party.
“We understand that this para-legal politics of silencing and terror against our party not only seeks to sustain the “economy of fear” on which the Erdoğan-AKP rule in the country is founded, but also reflects the government’s level of fear from the voice of opposition that the HDP represents,” Özsoy said.
“We join voices with our Co-chair and state once again that we shall never let our country bow down to fear in silence. Courage is contagious!” he concluded.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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