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BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş (L) says they will erect a statue of convicted leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan. AA photo

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş (L) says they will erect a statue of convicted leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş for suggesting they would erect a statue of Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who is serving a life sentence in an island prison.

“Their minds are capable of only erecting statues while everywhere in the world, statues of dictators are being destroyed. As I have said dozens of times, the BDP is taking firm steps toward becoming the CHP [main opposition Republican People’s Party] of the east and the southeast,” Erdoğan said, vowing that the statues the BDP was thinking of would be destroyed before being erected.

Speaking at a demonstration in the southeastern city of Mardin, Demirtaş criticized reactions against Kurdish people hanging posters of Öcalan. Condemning the erection of statues of infamous coup leader Kenan Evren in the country, Demirtaş said: “I call on you, those who are not bothered about Kurd-killer Kenan Evren’s statues being erected [and] schools named after Kurd-killer Kenan Evren. If they [Kurds] cannot hang Öcalan’s poster in Kurdistan, then where they would have hung it we will erect his statue. Put that in your mind.”

Erdoğan harshly criticized Demirtaş and said statues of dictators were being destroyed in the Middle East.
“Don’t worry, their statues will not find even a pedestal in this land,” Erdoğan said.


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mara mcglothin

11/15/2012 3:38:26 PM

I would just love to see what would happen in NYC if someone decided to erect a statue of Osama Bin Laden. Also, the scariest part of the above article is the siting by the PM that they are tearing down statues of dictators worldwide. hmmmmm I would hope that there won't be a whole bunch of empty pedestals around Turkey. After the proposed changes to the oath of office?

turkic voice

11/15/2012 12:13:29 PM

turkish armed forces and police and all turkish citezens.... did your great great grandparents almost a centry ago achive the imposible so that you hear this rubbish said in your own home. how can u sit there and listen to this terrorist pkk supporter try and spread his posionus venom into our nation???? is the nations laws so relaxed that this man is in the right??? some one explain this to me please??

turkic voice

11/15/2012 9:17:21 AM

first i love the black 60s hand me down jaket mr Demirtaş. his name means steel rock, this man is sounding like someone out of a zoo wanting to put up statues of a world wide recognised leader of a terrorist organisation, hay you the turkish armed forces why are you not arresting this man? every solder should be on his way to this mans house to make an arrest, you do not need orders to make this move your first duity is to protect your nation, why are you not protecting???

Michael Johnson

11/15/2012 8:01:16 AM

What kind of convoluted mind equates the BDP with the CHP?

Dennis Kavaz

11/15/2012 7:10:26 AM

The Kurdish terror P.K.K has so far killed 36,000 Turkish citizens and still continues to kill on daily bases (which U S & E U condemns) Yet the B.D.P chief Mr Demirtas (to insult Turkey & 36,000 dead victims & their families) is proposing to erect a statue of the P.K.K chief Mr. Ocalan. Still it has been said, the only way to kill a Rattle snake is to chop its head of.
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