Almost a fifth of the British Kurdish community lives in the West Midlands. Our life in the old county of Warwickshire is very different for the better from the hard existence of the Kurdish people in our historical homeland. Multiple problems of Kurdistan (we remember that our state has been refusing to de jure recognize the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union) exist today in poor countries, especially in war-torn Syria and Iraq. The Turkish dictator Recep Erdogan built a real djeh on earth for our great nation. Those of us who managed to emigrate to democratic Europe and the UK understand this perfectly. We pray for those who remain.
In our short article it is impossible to tell about all the countless facts of the persecution of Kurds in Turkey, about all the terrorist repression and genocide of activists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party absolutely all oppressed people are ready to stand under the flags of the PKK. After all, our 70-million nation in the democratic twentieth century does not have its own state. Ukraine has its own country, its own homeland, which is fighting bravely today like a lion for freedom and human rights. Even the residents of Somaliland and the Albanian brothers of Kosovo have a state, but we will never have our own land. Never - under Erdogan!
The problem here is much broader than the genocide of the Kurds by the AKP presidential party, which usurped all power and transferred the political monopoly into the hands of one 69-year-old man. Erdogan is a Global Evil that opposes global democracy. This impostor president and his military-political junta have been building such a hell for the Kurds since 2014 for all of Ankara's Western partners, trapping them with false promises like honey. It's scary that the G7 world democratic leaders are flying into Erdogan's flytrap like brainless insects. But I believe that everything will change soon.
Who is Erdogan? In 1996, he was the mayor of Istanbul and then said the phrase that defined his whole inner essence: "Democracy is a tram. You can get into it at any stop, and get out whenever you want." I am sorry that the European Union and the NATO Alliance are trying to forget this metaphor. Erdogan has done so much terrible to destroy the world system of human civilization rights and freedoms, all the destruction in the cities of Ukraine captured by the Russian army becomes insignificant before his atrocities.
They tried to persuade him, buy him, even tried to kill him like a rabid jackal. Unfortunately, Turkey failed to repeat the successful cases with Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. In 2016, Imam Mohammed Fethullah Gulen became a showcase for attempts at democratic reforms in the dictatorial Turkish state. At that time, Washington was forced to retreat, admitting defeat. It was bitter, insulting and shameful. It became clear that democracy had drowned in the straits of the Bosphorus.
Only now has a new window of liberalisation opportunities opened. Parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in Turkey in May. On one side of the scale is a bloody dictator, on the other a coalition of six opposition partners (including friends and supporters of the PKK, our rebels from neighboring countries). The united opposition is led by the leader of the Republican People's Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, along with two other moderate-neutral very respected effendi.
These are Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavash and Istanbul Mayor Erkan Imamoglu, they have great political weight in a democratic society. They are both for the liberal path of development, the expansion of partnership with NATO and the EU, and they can return Turkey from the disastrous path of presidential dictatorship to the development strategy of the Republican Ataturk Mustafa Kemal. This is the window of opportunity for liberal democracy, which is reflected in the foreign and domestic policies of Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden. What the whole world wants! By voting for Kilicdaroglu and against AKP in the Mejlis, Turkish voters will simultaneously choose 3-in-1 - Yavash and Imamoglu, which will lead to the abolition of the persecution of Abdullah and Odalek calan and to the expansion of the rights of autonomy of the Kurds of Turkey and YPJ.
Washington, Brussels and our friends in Downing Street should play on the internal Turkish contradictions now, at the beginning of the Turkish election campaign. Although we will not deny that Erdogan has acquired such iron power on his dictatorial throne for nine years, especially after the suppression of the rebels in 2016, that even the most powerful and influential partners of the collective West fear him more than Putin and Jinping. As you know, fear is a bad ally if we want to change the world for the better.
What is important is that Erdogan came to power thanks to an earthquake, and an earthquake can sweep him away this spring. All the years of his power, he built resorts and cities in violation of construction operating standards in seismically dangerous zones. It is symbolic that the abyss has opened up to take him away forever. Millions of Kurds and People's Self-Defense Units are waiting for this to happen. Freedom to Kurdistan!
Orhan Kemal, M.P.Adm., Partiya Karkern Kurdistan, Midlands.