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Kurds in Turkey left with no option but war, says Kurdish MP

By Rudaw 6/5/2016
Kurdish MP and former Diyarbakir mayor Osman Baydemir
Kurdish MP and former Diyarbakir mayor Osman Baydemir

ANKARA, Turkey—The Kurdish people in Turkey have been left with no other option than taking up arms, says prominent Kurdish lawmaker Osman Baydemir after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) announced it would work to revoke Kurdish MPs immunity last month.


“If there is a road to peace, resorting to war is forbidden, but what can one do when all other roads are closed,” the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker told Rudaw Wednesday.


Baydemir who also served as the mayor for the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir said Kurds are prevented from fully participating in the political process and are pushed towards war.


On April 12, AKP lawmakers put forth a proposal aimed at lifting the diplomatic immunities of the HDP members of the parliament, which would enable them to be charged with allegedly supporting terrorism in Turkey.


The mayor of the Kurdish city of Mardin, Ahmed Turk, told Rudaw he and his colleagues would support “coexistence and brotherhood in Turkey to the end” despite the proposal.


“We need to think about politics and our future. We should not think that abandoning politics is an option for us,” Turk said who was accused of connections with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in 2009 by Turkey’s powerful Constitutional Court. Turk’s party the Democratic Society Party (DTP) was subsequently banned.     



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I promote Truth | 6/5/2016
Or you could just not declare yourself de facto Autonomy....
The Latter | 6/5/2016
For heaves sake can the dimwits in Bakur stop for one moment and think? instead of constantly reacting to Erdogans moves they should be doing a little politics. Look, Erdogan is only interested in one thing and that's Erdogan, send him a message (and please do appeal to his ego) offer him an end to 4 decade of war (he can of course take the credit) and full support for his new Ottoman sultanat project in exchange for a negotiated deal. Withdraw the guerrilla completely from Turkey as gester of good will, it's not such a big deal! they can always sneak back in again in case Erdogan breaks the deal. Erdogans attention will shift to the secular Turks who pretended to be against his presidential ambitions but sold you out the first opportunity they got. The secular's (and their media) are calling you terrorists and cheering him on! that's because they see you both as their enemy. With a deal the seculars will become the new terrorists, western Turkey will be burning instead of eastern. Not to mention how the deal will scare the shit out of the West who also sold you out, they don't even raise their voice about the atrocities committed against the Kurdish population. You'll also breaks Iran's scare tactic which they always use to get Turkey to cooperate against Kurds. And finely you'll be helping Rojava, maybe they'll start seeing Rojava as a future ally like KRG instead of a threat.
Hevalo | 6/5/2016
Mr. Baydemir is right, if your people are constantly being killed, imprisoned and their rights trampled on you are left with little option. Anyone who denies that the Kurds have been at the forefront of pursuing a peaceful settlement are naïve. Its ok for the Kurds in Iraq to defend themselves against their enemies but its taboo when the Kurds in Turkey do the same?
K | 6/5/2016
Achieving anything peacefully is a great achievement; but history is telling us that no nation on this planet has ever gained freedom from the aggressors and occupiers. War is ugly as presents risk to many innocent lives but it is the only language the aggressors and occupiers can understand. The Kurdish must get united, then let the enemies start talking war!
American | 6/5/2016
Or I promote Turkish fascism, you can stop waging pointless, wasteful, and stupid wars that has been going on since 1984 with the Turks never winning even though their military is superior.

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