A Turkish nationalist (left) fires a gun during clashes with Kurdish activists in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul. Turkish nationalists and Kurdish activists clashed in Istanbul, leaving at least one person injured from a gunshot during street battles, an AFP reporter said. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
As of now, Turkey has lost her Kurds. If there is any cooperation between Turks and Kurds from now on, Turkish nationalists have no role to play. I have been watching news and commentaries and these sorry asses are so happy that DTP is closed and they are having hard times to contain their fascistic attitudes. Many of my Kurdish friends are going through a very intense bitterness towards the nation state they are living in and towards Turks in general. Even I was subject to a slight dose of bitterness. I do not think there has been much street action but this state of bitterness is more dangerous in the long run. I am sorry that our nationalists and our nationalist establishment circles are so fixed minded and arrogant. Their mental capacities are so limited that they cannot see what is happening: The unity of their country is in peril…
Supporters of Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Action Party wave national and party flags during a rally to defend Turkey national unity and denounce the government’s ‘Kurdish initiative’, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. (AP Photo )
Great illustration from Eminimsi. All contributed to the closure of DTP. Two opposition party leaders have been howling to create a tense political climate. Captured PKK leader Öcalan and hawkish DTP leader Emine Ayna got their part and Constitutional Court concluded….
ISTANBUL Turkey’s constitutional court disbanded the only pro-Kurdish party in Parliament on Friday, a move that could threaten efforts to resolve the conflict with the Kurdish minority by peaceful means.
Hasim Kilic, head of Turkey’s highest court announces the court’s decision on shutting down the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party in Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. Turkey’s highest court closed the pro-Kurdish party for having links to Kurdish rebel group of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the PKK. The Constitutional Court’s ruling imposes a five-year ban from politics on 37 members of the party, including party chairman Ahmet Turk. (AP Photo)
Constitutional court banned HEP, ÖZDEP, DEP and HADEP for Kurdish links; Türkiye Birleşik Komünist Partisi, Sosyalist Parti, Sosyalist Türkiye Partisi, Demokrasi ve Değişim Partisi and Emek Partisifor parti programs relating to banned Kursish issues. DTP makes the list as the 10th party sharing the same fate. See: archived Mavi Boncuk article Banned Political parties
Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) leader Ahmet Turk addresses his party deputies during their meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara in April 2009. Turkey’s top court Friday banned the country’s main Kurdish party for links to separatist rebels, in a move that could fan ethnic tensions and derail a government plan to resolve a long-running Kurdish insurgency.(AFP/File/Adem Altan)
Yes, that is exactly what we are trying to do. For a really long time now, we, Turkey’s democrats, have been trying to keep the DTP open, despite everything. While the DTP seems to be trying to get itself closed, we are, like a chorus, pleading with the Constitutional Court not to shut the DTP down.
Previously, Islamists were also angry with the Judiciary:
Islamist protesters demonstrate against Turkey’s top administrative court in Ankara December 11, 2009. Turkey’s top administrative court suspended a reform that would have facilitated university access for religious school graduates and was strongly opposed by secularists, the Anatolia news agency reported. Signs read “No to coup by judiciary” (L) and “No to despotism by judiciary” REUTERS/Umit Bektas
An Islamist protester attends a demonstration against Turkey’s top administrative court in Ankara December 11, 2009. Turkey’s top administrative court suspended a reform that would have facilitated university access for religious school graduates, which was strongly opposed by secularists, the Anatolia news agency reported. Sign reads “No to coup by judiciary” REUTERS/Umit Bektas