June 22, 2019
In the last couple of weeks, Turkey has been witnessing quite bizarre developments in the political scene.
As known, the İstanbul polls will be re-held tomorrow and the tension between the two camps has risen. The voters of İmamoğlu and Yıldırım have got engaged in conflictual dialogues in social media platforms as well.
I think, the most noteworthy development in that process has been the letter of the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.
After the state-run Anadolu Agency reported that Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Öcalan sent a letter from prison via Assoc. Prof. Ali Kemal Özcan, a lecturer in Tunceli University and made a call to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to “remain neutral” in İstanbul Metropolitan Mayoral election, the letter has stirred reactions on social media.
For instance, a prominent journalist in Turkey Banu Güven on her twitter account wrote:
“The gentleman says, ‘I met with Öcalan as an academic who is a citizen of the Republic of Turkey’ as if it was natural in the current conditions in Turkey. Academics were tried and convicted in this country for demanding peace on the allegation that they received instructions from the organization.”
Yıldırım Türker (Writer) posted the following statement on twitter:
“Kurdish voters will not be deceived by dirty tricks of the state.”
PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s call for the HDP voters to remain “neutral” in the upcoming Istanbul re-election has been regarded as a rivalry between Selahattin Demirtaş, the party’s jailed former co-chair, and Öcalan.
On the other hand, MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli said Öcalan’s message aims to prevent the HDP “abusing” the political landscape in Turkey. He stated that the CHP and HDP parties had agreed to cooperate in the local elections for Istanbul.Author : Begum Burak