Ahmet Turk: BDP doesn’t support demonstrations
After the Gezi Park demonstrations in Turkey, many accused the BPD of encouraging people to take part in the protests. However, in a TV interview, the cofounder of Turkey’s Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Ahmet Turk, said neither the BDP nor the PKK had supported the demonstrations in Gezi Park.
“The Kurdish people support the democratic demands of the people, but that does not mean they support the demonstrations,” said Turk.
He said the demonstrations are not in the interests of the Kurdish people, since the protests may impact negatively on the Kurdish-Turkish peace process in the country.
The Gezi Park events started out as a peaceful demonstration against the municipal government’s controversial plans to demolish the small public park near the iconic Taksim Square to make way for a shopping mall. Taksim is situated on the European side of Istanbul, and is a popular destination for both tourists and young Turks. It is famed for its long pedestrian streets full of restaurants, shops, nightclubs and hotels. However, the demonstration quickly turned into a broader protest against Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP).