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Protest of Kurdish mothers show us where HDP is

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It is not a secret that governments in Turkey, for years, have disregarded the Kurdish political will and tried to suppress it. The latest stage of those who cannot deny the Kurdish presence is the policy of denying Kurdish politics. This has been one of the basic arguments constituting the country’s policies for the past couple of years. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was trying to be criminalized so that it is eliminated from Kurdish politics. The old policy of the Turkish state based on the denial of Kurds, which also coincides with the political aims of the governing party and its partner, this time, focused on the HDP, the leading actor in Kurdish politics.

The government policy was based on the assumption that HDP would lose votes with each propaganda linked to terrorism and obstructing its coverage in the mainstream media. However; with its highly limited media exposure, the HDP kept its vote potential as well as the meaningful place it has in Turkish politics. Just as the denial policy of the past contributed to the strengthening of the Kurdish identity, the denial policy of Kurdish politics similarly helped HDP cement its leading role in Kurdish politics. If our country had any political mind available, this is the biggest opportunity ever encountered for our social peace. But, of course, this is not possible with the continued denial policy.

Trying to criminalize HDP has served as the declaration of the failure of this policy at every election. The last local elections also enhanced this failure. However, the government is nowhere near accepting its error. The continuation of the past policy of appointment of trustees, in a second wave, is like a blind stubbornness.

The trustee appointments are attempts to sustain those state........

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