KCK co-chair Cemil Bayik / Unknown
The co-chair of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council, the umbrella organisation of the Kurdish movement, Cemil Bayik, spoke to ANF about recent developments in Turkey, the alliance between the AKP and MHP, the arrest of HDP MPs, as well as a possible cross-border operation against the PKK.
Bayik said a wave of fascism was sweeping through Turkey and that the arrest of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarians was the latest proof this.
They are merging nationalism and religionism
“Erdogan and Devlet Bahceli [Nationalist MHP leader] have united in Turkey and are trying to institutionalise fascism. To do this they are trying to remove every obstacle in their way.
“If they are imprisoning HPD MPs, blockading HDP headquarters to prevent it operating, imprisoning HDP members, seizing municipalities in Kurdistan by appointing custodians, destroying cities, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, abusing Kurds, democrats and intellectuals, torturing prisoners, executing prisoners of war, tying them to the back of vehicles and dragging their corpses, exposing dead women’s naked bodies, allowing animals’ to decimate the corpses of people they’ve killed; it is because they want to institutionalise fascism.
“To achieve this they need to silence the media, intellectuals and artists. This is why they have shut down opposition media and imprisoned journalists. They want to impose their propaganda and make people believe in it. They are merging nationalism and religionism to form the societal foundations for fascism. Everyone needs to be aware of this.”
They want to take everyone hostage
Bayik went on to claim that the government and its allies were actually weak and resorting to these policies because of this.
“They are practicing a very intense psychological warfare. They are very weak; this is why they are shutting down associations, media organs and parties and trying to silence everyone. If they were strong they would not do this.”
Intra-Kurdish fighting being provoked
Bayik also remarked that the government and MHP were trying to advance the village-guard and watchman systems in the Turkey's Kurdish region to strengthen what he called “treason”.
“They want to organise a treacherous force that is in collaboration with them and get them to attack Kurds. In this way they want to turn the Kurdish question into an intra-Kurdish matter rather an issue between the Kurds and the state.”
An alternative struggle needs to be developed
The KCK co-chair said the regime in Turkey would collapse if the progressive sections of society came together.
“Young people and women in particular have an important role; intellectuals, artists, writers, academics, journalists and workers also. Alawites, different national and cultural groups and Sunni democrats too. All who are worried by this regime need to come together and form an alliance. If they do this, this regime will collapse. This regime has no international support; its support internally is weak. They are trying to portray themselves as having a lot of support but this is not true.
“They are afraid of losing power, being imprisoned and tried; this is why they are resorting to such actions. Erdogan wants to turn the AKP into the new regime’s founding party and himself into its chief. This will mean suppression, imprisonment, torture and insult for all peoples and religions. This is why all circles that are against the institutionalisation of fascism founded on the unification of nationalism and religionism need to form an alternative struggle.
State of Emergency has no legitimacy
Bayik also commented on state of emergency rule in Turkey and said it was being weaponised against people.
“The government used the 15 July coup attempt as an opportunity to declare state of emergency. They did this to add legitimacy to the policies they were going to implement. Erdogan has weaponised state of emergency law. He is trying to deceive international and internal forces in this way. State of emergency has no legitimacy at all.”
Kurds will not greet the Turkish army with flowers
Bayık also touched upon Turkish officials' recent statements hinting at an operation on PKK-held areas in the Kurdistan Region (KRG), stressing that Erdoğan would not be able to defeat the PKK despite the probable support he would receive.
"Erdogan says he will eradicate the PKK. With this he is trying to fortify nationalism, chauvinism and fascism in Turkey. He wants to genocide the Kurds. He wants to eliminate secular, socialist and democrat circles in order to build a regime grounded on nationalism and religion. This is why Erdogan is trying to demonise the PKK and Kurds in the eyes of Turkish society and the international community.
“Of course he wants to eradicate the PKK; which he knows is the only way of perpetrating a Kurdish genocide and institutionalising his own fascist regime. He considers the PKK a major obstacle to this goal and attacks the PKK and anybody related to it with great anger. However, Erdogan will only bring about his own downfall in this way, just like Hitler did.
“He can never eradicate the PKK. He is not strong enough to do this, even if he uses all state’ means and receives support from some international and regional forces, and even from some Kurds. The PKK is a movement supported and formed of millions of people. It is not made up of a small cadre alone, nor just a small guerrilla movement. The PKK has a place in the hearts and minds of Kurdish people, democrats, patriots and socialists. The PKK is the hope of the oppressed, of all the oppressed outside Turkey as well. If Erdoğan wants to eradicate the PKK, he will need to massacre all the Kurds, all the oppressed, all the intellectuals, democrats, writers and artists that sympathise with it.
“They [Turkish officials] have recently been talking of conducting an operation on Qandil (PKK base). Let them come if they can. The Kurdish people will not greet them with flowers. Turkey will probably experience the biggest defeat in its history."
The PKK will never ever allow fascism to become institutionalised in Turkey
The KCK Executive Council co-chair Cemil Bayik ended the interview by saying that there could be no democracy, freedom or justice or a safe future in Turkey unless the AKP and MHP were eliminated.
"If people want to secure their future, they should fight against Erdogan-Bahceli’s fascism. The PKK will never ever allow fascism to become institutionalised in Turkey. The PKK doesn't just fight for itself and Kurds but rather for humanity, democracy and justice. This is a struggle for everyone and there will be a definitive victory if it is supported by everyone."
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