Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party leaders face arrest for "treason".

We in Wales in Scotland may have the whole force of the Unionist media against us but at least we are not faced with the threat of being arrested for treason for calling for autonomy for our Nations.

According to the BBC
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned as "treason" a call by Selahattin Demirtas for Kurdish autonomy.
"What the co-leader has done is treason, provocation," Mr Erdogan said, referring to Mr Demirtas, co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
At the weekend the HDP and other pro-Kurdish groups called for self-rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish south-east.
Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into those comments.
The Turkish military has stepped up operations against the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is fighting for Kurdish self-rule. The army says it has killed more than 200 PKK militants in the latest fighting.
The PKK is regarded as a "terrorist" organisation by Turkey, the US and EU.
The HDP won 59 seats in Turkey's 550-seat parliament in the 1 November elections. It came third, behind Mr Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People's Party (CHP).
Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan said Mr Demirtas and other Kurdish leaders would be "taught a lesson" by the people and the law.
He accused Mr Demirtas of challenging Article 14 of the constitution, which bans activities deemed to "violate the indivisible integrity of the state".

This follows the reports that   Turkish - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had accused the head of Turkey's p pro-Kurdish opposition party Thursday for using a trip to Moscow to condemn Ankara's shooting down of a Russian warplane over Syria.

Selahattin Demirtas, co-head of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), met foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday and criticised Ankara for shooting down the warplane near the border with Syria last month. Moscow denies it had entered Turkish airspace.
"They take sides with whoever Turkey is facing a crisis with. Demirtas saying in Moscow that Turkey's downing of Russian jet was wrong is a total disgrace and treason," Davutoglu told a meeting of businessmen in Ankara.
"Our main duty is to raise our voice against Russian cruelty. Supporting Russia while it kills civilians in Syria is treason not only against this country, but also against humanity."

Kurdish politicians have accused Ankara of focusing military efforts on Kurdish militia in Iraq and Syria and failing to take up the fight with Islamic State.

We can only speculate  what Endogan  means by  Mr Demirtas and other Kurdish leaders would be "taught a lesson" by the people and the law.

But if Mr Demirtas is arrested for calling for Automony  then what will the response of David Cameron that great defender of Democracy and Freedom?

I'm sure that that there are some Unionists andin the Media who would love to accuse Leanne Wood and in particular Nicola Surgeon of Treason for calling for Independence but they are probably content for now to allow the continuation of Project fear in Scotland under the new guise of SNPBAD.

And what of Jeremy Corbyn? Will the Labour leader condemn the Turkish Government if it arrest the leaders pro-Kurdish opposition part? 

If the Turkish leader carries out his threats it must be commended  from all quarters and Turkey status as an ally must be brought into question .


  1. Erdogan's regime has to be told pure and simple - the right to autonomy for the kurds should they choose it or no entry to the EU for turkey. We in wales have a proud tradition of solidarity with the kurds and we hope welsh politicians will be making their displeasure clear to the Turkish government over this.

  2. Erdogan is only popular with the rural communities, when we were there in 2013 both our guides were disparaging of him, his corruption. My first reaction Glyn to your post was on the question of Leanne and Nicola, was YET. We here in Scotland feel that it is only a matter of time before the Establishment try something to cause trouble. We feel that when we suggest another referendum they will try false flag actions. Green Dragon is right we all should stand by the Kurds, they have had a rotten deal handed to them, surely it would not be beyond they countries they are forced to reside in to give a little back to form Kurdistan.