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The pro-Kurdish HDP’s document on the “new era”

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Turkey has been going through a noticeable political impasse since the spring of 2013, in parallel with the failure of the economic model of the government and increasing protests within society. The first “big bang” that unveiled this deadlock was the Gezi Park protests that happened exactly seven years ago. The “stick” policy the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has clung on to since then has only temporarily suppressed the matter.

After the Gezi Park protests, many other crises came and went. The December 17-25, 2013 corruption scandal, the loss of support that caused the repetition of the 2015 elections, the strategy of solving the Kurdish issue through violence, the coup attempt in 2016, the questionable constitutional referendum in 2017, governing in 2018 that could only be maintained with the support of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and finally, the “erosion” that had become clearly noticeable in the 2019 local elections. In addition, the chronic traumatic effect of the deep economic crisis that has become almost constant since the summer of 2018 should be added as well alongside the multidimensional crises experienced in international relations.

The essential policy that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the MHP coalition has been able to adopt, at this point, has been this: Put the entire society under severe pressure, almost ban the discussion of issues, wipe the third party (i.e. the HDP, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party) from both the ballot box and the parliament, demonize all other opposition actors with this strategy as well, and constantly point to the HDP to “neutralize” it and sabotage any union prospects it may have.

Under the aforementioned conditions, the HDP said it would announce its “strategy line and attitude document” for a “new era.” Of course, the new line and the attitude mentioned in the press release stirred curiosity. The other day, HDP co-heads Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar declared this line and attitude through principles described in nine articles. Maybe it should be said in the beginning that the matters expressed in these nine articles do not have any content that could be defined as a very new strategic or attitudinal change. However, it is possible........

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