HDP co-chair Demirtas
14 March 2016
Peoples’ Democratic Party co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has called on the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government to account for the attack in Ankara on Sunday 13 March, which has so far claimed the lives of 37 people.
Speaking in parliament Demirtaş sent his condolences to the families of victims and said, “Everyone except they (AKP) are to blame. We are not accepting this attitude. There have been 3 explosions in 5 months in the country’s capital. What can we do, congratulate the AKP for this? What can we say? Isn’t the government responsible politically for what happens in this country? One should supposedly not be critical at times like this. What should we do? Thank them? Congratulate them? For the love of God, why don’t you (AKP) account for something once! Enough is enough!”
‘The AKP did not listen to us, they polarised society and are responsible’
“The AKP did not heed a single warning we made; they closed their doors to calls made by the opposition for collective work and partnerships and have insisted for 14 years on doing what they see as being right; which was ‘we will get results with war inside and outside the country and eliminate all opposition,’ thus creating huge polarisation. Are they not to blame at all? For months Ankara hasn’t had a police commissioner. Who is going to appoint one? surely not the HDP! Blood is flowing in every corner of the country. But these gentlemen have no desire to account for events. After all that has happened they are still trying to call others to account.
The attack in Ankara has directly targeted civilians and is a terror attack. On behalf of my party and colleagues I condemn the attack in the strongest terms. The only thing we can take refuge in is fraternity, equality and justice. These are the only things that can secure our future. May God rest the soul of those who died in the attack and may the wounded get well soon. I hope there will be no rise in the death toll. There have been many attacks on the people. It’s not a new situation. In Diyarbakır, Sur, Cizre, Yüksekova and other places there has been a lot of suffering.
Unfortunately the country has been unsuccessful in sharing each others’ pain. The government needs to reflect on why this is so. There have been massacres, attacks and deaths. The only thing the government has done is to condemn them. All the AKP is doing is to force all circles to its line. As if they have no political responsibility and are not the government and have power. Everyone except they are to blame.”