Demirtas at memorial for Hrant Dink / REUTERS/Osman Orsal

03/06/2016 - 11:36 0
HDP's Demirtaş: Armenian Genocide Recognised 100 Years Too Late

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has evaluated Germany’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide as, “a decision taken 100 years too late.”

Demirtaş held a press conference in Switzerland yesterday and commented on the German parliament’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the lifting of parliamentary immunity in Turkey.

Refugee crisis

Regarding the conflict in southeast Turkey (North Kurdistan) Demirtaş said, “Apart from opposition groups, there is silence and no criticism of Turkey in Europe. This is being done because of the refugee crisis. But one must not forget that this is making the situation even more difficult. What if millions of [Kurdish] refugees show up at [Europe’s] door tomorrow?”

Erdoğan's criticism of France

Erdoğan criticised France about its treatment of protestors, but France did not say anything about the 6 Kurdish cities destroyed and burnt down to the ground. When Erdoğan said something about the PYD flags flying in Belgium, Belgium did not respond by saying, 'there are demonstrations taking place in your country where Islamic State flags are being used.'


The HDP co-chair also commented on the lifting of immunity: “We are going to say only one thing in court. We are going to say that we do not accept being tried at Erdoğan’s behest. We are going to say its Erdoğan’s coup and nothing else. Judges can do what they please.”

Armenian Genocide

Demirtaş also spoke about the German Bundestag’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide by saying, “It is a decision taken 100 years too late. Today Kurds are being massacred. If Germany takes a decision about this 100 years later it will be meaningless... Merkel visited Turkey many times. But acted as if nothing was happening. What if 10 million refugees turn up tomorrow?

The Armenian Genocide, in which 1,5 million Armenian’s were killed by the Turkish Unionist regime in 1915, was almost unanimously recognised in the German parliament with only one abstaining vote and one vote against.

Source: IMC TV