In the light of the repressive policies by the Turkish Government against the democratic elected Kurdish officials. People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Presidents and parliamentarians who were arrested last week sent messages to the public through their lawyers.
Below are the messages of HDP Co-Presidents and parliamentarians:
Despite everything, they cannot end our hopes and break our resistance. HDP is the only hope for freedom and democracy in Turkey, whether we are inside or outside prison. Therefore they are scared. Nobody should be demoralized or put down their guard. Nobody should forget that this hatred and hostility is out of fear. Love and courage will win. With love and greetings.
Firstly, greetings and love to all friends. In these days where our country is pushed further into darkness, our illegal arrest only served to intensify the darkness. However, those who think that they can make us surrender to this darkness should remember that one piece of the match or one candle is enough to lighten up this darkness. Whatever our location or conditions may be, we will continue to burn like a candle so that our people can live in peace in free days to come. Everyone should be part of the struggle for democracy and work towards our bright future. My morale and health are good. With love.
Our people should keep their morale high; I salute our people that stood up for their honor. We are standing up for our honor too. Those that are supposed to be here are not us but those that have prepared this conspiracy. They are hiding where we are to marginalize us. This is the policy of kidnapping and taking hostages. Throughout history, this mentality has always been defeated. We will continue to preserve our stance and continue our struggle wherever we are. Greetings to our people.
This is a struggle, and thousands have fallen for this struggle. We are no different from them. This is a violent wave of attacks but can be repelled with resistance. We are resisting here, and we will continue. Nobody should be unhappy, the honorable resistance of those that keep their hopes alive will prevail. Hope is also uniting, the noble resistance of our people against fascism will prevail. Nobody can call themselves free in a country where our Co-Presidents are taken as hostages. I send my greetings and love to our people.
No matter what the AKP dictatorship does, we will never give up on our struggle, and the values were believed in. AKP’s inhumane policies show how right the struggle we have been waging against the AKP has been. I want our people to know that we are more determined. Greetings and love.
This is a difficult process of a coup. And we will prevail. Greetings.
Our arrests are part of the elimination of the HDP. They should not forget that the HDP is a party with a cause. Even if we are in prison, we will follow our cause and struggle. Nobody’s morale should be affected by our arrests; nobody should ever lose hope. No matter what the AKP decides to do, we will keep our morale high. We will grow our faith.
AKP’s coup has become apparent. This coup targets the democracy front and is sneakier than the 1980 coup. It is based on the fear of widespread opposition. Resistance will continue as our people resist out there and we resist in here. Prisons are our second homes. My special greetings to woman comrades. Women will be the AKP’s nightmare. Our people should stand up for their future. We call upon the people of Turkey and Kurdistan to resist. Greetings and love.
Published originally at ANF.