We have again entered a vicious circle. As if we were in the 1990s, we are waking up to the day with outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party
(PKK) terror, and we go to bed with PKK
terror. When we open the papers in the morning, news of martyrs or funerals, pictures of crying mothers and fathers face us. In the evening, the TV news is covered with scenes of clashes, hunger strikes and demonstrations.
Our agenda is again full of the PKK
and the Kurdish issue.
Kandil Mountain is using the PKK
and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) the way it wants and in an effective manner.
When it is Abdallah Öcalan in question, it is not known if he is angry at the government, or the PKK
or both of them.
Ankara has also burned all the bridges. It is getting tougher. Look, even for death fasts it is not showing any flexibility. On the contrary, it has a challenging attitude.
There is a chaotic and dizzying struggle ongoing.
When we look at the stage we have reached, I can say that it is a huge success that it has not been possible to trigger a Turkish-Kurdish clash despite the fact that some have tried so hard to do so for 30 years. They have not been able to make us slaughter each other.
This is the most positive side of the developments.
The negative side though, is that our mutual anger toward each other is constantly increasing.
Some 3 to 4 million Kurdish youngsters who have a heart in the PKK
are furious. They are blind with fury. They do not listen to their parents anymore. Each one of them regards themselves as a guerilla of the PKK
and torches the streets.
What scares me the most is the anger of Turkish society – that this anger may explode one day.
On one hand, there is a struggle going on for “We will not let our country be divided,” on the other hand, the number of those who say, “Let’s give them their land and let go of them, so that we will be at peace,” is increasing.
Despite this, I can see that the gap between us is increasing. I can hear the alarm bells ringing. We are treating each other extremely brutally. If this course is not stopped, then one day we may face a breakaway. The disintegration may come naturally. Restrictions on Kurdish defense
We are about to do a correct deed; of course, something stops us. An opportunity was provided in courts for those who do not feel that their Turkish is adequate or believes they can express themselves better in another language. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) kept its promise and paved the way to Kurdish defense.
Moreover, this is not a grace; it is the restoration of a right.
What do we see now? Whoever has poked it, with a last-minute change; they have introduced ridiculous restrictions.
Those who could speak Turkish but who claim their mother tongue is Kurdish will not be allowed to stage a Kurdish defense all together. They would only be allowed to do the defense in Kurdish in one stage of the ruling, after the reading out of the indictment and the prosecutor’s opinion is given. And for this, they will need to bring their own interpreter.
What is the point? The reasons given are too simple. I think the real reason is not to allow the easy usage of Kurdish and to introduce as many restrictions as possible. They just cannot do it.
I’m asking you, what is this Kurdish animosity?