The family members of the opposition HDP party representatives to be arrested

The 70-year-old mother of the HDP Şırnak representative Nuran İmir was detained on arriving to Turkey from Germany

The family members of the opposition HDP party representatives to be arrested

It is now an established fact that each and every representative of the progressive opposition party HDP is a target of the AKP Islamist government.

HDP became a threat to the governing AKP party when the government no longer needed the Kurdish support after breaking an initiative to lure the Kurds by promising them more freedoms.

HDP is a progressive party championing press, women’s, speech freedoms and human, civil, worker’s and minority rights. It enjoys a very high degree of Kurdish support, especially in the Eastern parts of Turkey where Kurdish population is the majority. HDP, coming from a succession of pro-Kurdish parties, however, has changed its image in its inception to claim they were not only the party that defended the minority rights of the Kurdish population in Turkey but were also a party “of Turkey.” An approach to represent the entire population of the poor, the working class, the women of the whole country as opposed to being only the voice of the Kurds gives a broader base and a larger platform to the HDP. This also makes it harder for the government to accuse the party with terrorism which Turkey does frequently if anybody furthers the Kurdish rights.

The government attacks come in various shapes and forms.

More than 23 local governments won in the elections by the HDP has been forcefully taken over by the central Turkish government and put under a “stewardship” managed by the AKP. These trustees have drained all resources of the local administration in corrupt and openly wasteful manner, providing “business opportunities” to its ally businesses at the expense of the local Kurdish people’s taxes. But the real damage comes with overriding the peoples’ will and votes who elected a legal, legitimate, progressive party to manage their towns and cities.

Another attack the HDP faces is in the Grand National Assembly.  Many representatives in the Assembly have been charged with completely fake accusations and imprisoned albeit this procedure being against the constitution. Even the HDP’s president and co-president are in prison awaiting trials on trumped up charges.

The AKP in its dictatorial ways to crush all opposition has brought the attacks up a notch by now arresting the family members of the representatives. Although this illegal procedure is not first for AKP, where wives, husbands, children and other relatives of the opposition are detained, arrested and even disappeared to put pressure on the movements and the challengers, the Turkish government now seems to do it with complete impunity.

The 70-year-old mother of the HDP Şırnak representative Nuran İmir was detained on arriving to Turkey from Germany. The police took her under custody at the Ankara Esenboğa airport after her arrival citing an arrest warrant. Trying to obtain more information, her family was only given the answer, “There exists a warrant for her arrest that took effect in 2019 by a Turkish Court.”

Nuran İmir said her mother was 70 years old and was sick.  “She had had a surgery very recently and had travelled to Ankara to be taken care of by the family during recovery.”

Representative said her mother had travelled back and forth to Turkey many times but was never even notified of any court, injunction or an indictment, let alone any trial about her.  The family only learned about the trial after the mother had been arrested.

Sendika.Org News (M.B.)