Our stand towards the government’s recent attacks on the will of the people via the appointment of trustees-kayyım in place of democratically-elected co-mayors was declared with an event in Ankara. Our co-chairs, party assembly members and central executive board members, women- and youth-assemblies’ members, former and present co-mayors, city councillors, MPs, other elected representatives who have been dismissed by the ruling party and the representatives of NGOs attended the event.

                                                                                                               12 November 2019

Detention and torture of the HDP’s Youth Assembly members  

The Turkish government continues with its unlawful policies of oppression and intimidation against the HDP. One of the components of the HDP that is most exposed to such policies is unsurprisingly the youth assembly.

4 November 2019.


I  am  writing  this  letter  to  you  as  the  Mayor  of  Diyarbakır,  who  was  elected  on  the  local elections  in  March  31,  2019  with  62.9%  of  the  votes;  however  dismissed  on  August  19, replaced with an appointed trustee; and finally arrested on October 22, 2019.

One of Turkey's trustee appointed 95 HDP municipalities as of 2016; we got back Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality on 31 March 2019 local elections and started to build up the local democracy once again.


Pressures on the HDP and its municipalities increase with Turkey’s invasion of north Syria

Turkey’s unlawful invasion of northern Syria seeks not only to destroy the possibility of a Kurdish-led autonomous region there but also to reshape domestic politics though militarism and Islamist-nationalist discourses aimed at destroying the democratic opposition at home, first and foremost the HDP – the only anti-war party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

With the start of the invasion on 9 October 2019, Turkish government completely shut down the democratic political field and suspended even the most basic rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of press, the right to assembly and peaceful protest. It banned any critical news about the war in the media. Leave aside criticizing the invasion; even calling it an “invasion” or “war” is criminalized by the government as “supporting terrorism” or “treason.”

Beschluss 2019/117

Beschluss des Die Linke Parteivorstandes vom 1. September 2019

DIE LINKE verurteilt die Absetzung der gewählten Bürgermeister*innen in Diyarbakir, Mardin und Van sowie die erneuten zahlreichen Festnahmen von Politiker*innen, Aktivisti*innen und Journalist*innen. Das Erdogan-Regime macht wiederholt deutlich, dass es sich nicht an rechtsstaatliche und demokratische Prinzipien hält, sondern Willkür und Autoritarismus folgt.

Sehr geehrte Kolleg*innen,

Wir schreiben Ihnen als gewählte Oberbürgermeister*innen der Großstadtgemeinden Mardin, Diyarbakır und Van. Diese drei großen kurdischen Provinzen in der Türkei, in denen insgesamt 3,8 Millionen Bürger*innen leben, gehören zu den politischen und wahltaktischen Hochburgen unserer Partei, der Demokratischen Partei der Völker (HDP).


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