- Wednesday, November 01, 2017 at 07:30 PM
- Halkevi in London, United Kingdom
Come and learn about the plight of the HDP, with guest speakers from the trade union and labour movement, Kurdish food, and a visiting representative of the HDP to give a first-hand account of political repression in Turkey.
This event marks the one year anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of the co-chairs of the party Figen Yüksekdağ (MP for Van) and Selahattin Demirtaş (MP for Diyarbakir).
The HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) is a democratic socialist, feminist, and pro-Kurdish political party facing enormous political repression. At the time of writing, 9 of their MPs, 88 of their mayors, and 5000 of their political activists remain in prison.
The UK government’s policy towards its NATO ally Turkey is based on arms deals, ignoring the military repression of minorities in Turkey including its sizeable Kurdish population. Turkey has also been accused of funding and arming Salafist groups involved in the Syrian civil war, including ISIS. The UK’s relationship with Turkey therefore has serious implications for the stability of the region.
It doesn't have to be this way. We need to encourage elected politicians in the UK to show solidarity with their imprisoned colleagues in Turkey. We need to pressure our government to implement their own policy of stopping arms sales to countries that use weapons against their own citizens. And we need to stand in solidarity with democratic socialists, trade unionists, journalists and public sector workers who are facing political, judicial and military attacks from the autocratic Turkish regime backed by their NATO allies.
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765242733776315