Ah­met Turk: BDP doesn’t sup­port demon­stra­tions

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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).

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