TAKSIM – DISTANCED KURDISH REACTION & KURDISH SPECIAL RELATION TO ERDOGAN
TODAYS MESOP QUOTATION
The Kurdish political parties clearly do not want to jeopardize the peace process by alienating Erdogan.
Major Kurdish political figures and PKK leaders only necessarily expressed their verbal solidarity with the protesters against the dictatorial prime minister, but also made known their concerns that continuing demonstrations could turn against the peace process. Some Kurds also believe that a weakened Erdogan cannot make the necessary political changes to resolve the Kurdish issue.
However, if Erdogan keeps up with his hardline and illiberal stance, it will be harder for Kurds to maintain their distance from the protests.
“We will not participate in protests with racists and fascists,” said Demirtas. “And we will not allow the events in Gezi Park to turn against the peace process.”
But on the other hand the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, has sent out a message of support to the protesters through Demirtas, saying, “I find the resistance meaningful and I salute it.”