15 March 2016
Kurdistan Communities’ Union (KCK) co-chair Cemil Bayık spoke to the Times and said there fundamental goal now was to topple Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.
Interviewed by Times reporter Anthony Lloyd in the Qandil mountains of South Kurdistan, Bayık says they are fighting a “life and death” battle.
“If Erdoğan defeats us, he will be able to defeat everyone on the side of democracy in Turkey,” states Bayık:
“We are the biggest obstacle in the way of his dreams. If Erdoğan eliminates us, he will win…
“We want to topple Erdoğan and the AKP. Turkey will never become a democratic country if Erdoğan and the AKP are not toppled.”
Interview four days before Ankara bomb
The interview with Bayık occurred four days before the Ankara bomb in which 37 people have died so far and was published today in the world news section with the heading, “Revenge will be ours, pledges Turkey’s most wanted man.”
Bayık accuses Turkish forces of looting and burning down Kurdish towns and says, “Our people are brimming with feelings of revenge because of looting and razing of Kurdish towns under curfew. They are calling on our guerrilla forces to take revenge. This is a new period in the people’s struggle.
“Until recently the war against the Turkish army was only in the mountains. Then it spread to the towns and cities. Now it is going to be everywhere.
“At this stage of the struggle, every order given to our guerrillas, is going to be legitimate,” says Bayık.
No group has claimed responsibility for the Ankara bomb on March 13 yet. Turkish officials are accusing the PKK.