Demirtas at European Parliament before imprisonment

07/12/2016 - 16:45 0
Political and Social Trauma of Sykes-Picot Agreement Has Reached Peak: HDP's Demirtas

HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas has sent a message to the 13th Kurdish Conference at the European Parliament, which began today.

In the message Demirtas, who was due to speak at the conference but is imprisoned, said, “Our struggle for freedom and democracy will continue even in prison.”

The Kurdish politician said the political and social trauma of the Sykes-Picot agreement forced upon the Middle East had reached its peak and that the polarising and violent policies employed by the nation states in the region had inflicted heavy blows against the peoples’ hopes for salvation.

"The clearest examples of these policies are those of the Erdogan regime inside and outside Turkey, which attack and oppress the social and political bonds that enable peoples’ coexistence. The Erdogan regime has ended the already limited democracy in Turkey, and has been destroying the conditions for peoples coexistence in Syria and Iraq with its military and political interventions," Demirtas added.

The HDP co-chair said the arrests of HDP parliamentarians, co-mayors and politicians were connected with the deepening crisis in the Middle East and that this situation could only be seen in military coups or dictatorial regimes.

"Our struggle for freedom and democracy will continue even in prison. The trust and solidarity of our allies, wherever they may be in the world, will enhance our struggle," Demirtas said.

Demirtas' ended his short message by reaffirming his belief in what he said was his "unshakable confidence in freedom, peace and justice."

Source: ANF