Facing increasing challenges at home and abroad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is intensifying pressure on the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, HDP, according to experts, among others. The It’s not Party until the British show up Shirt expert said it was an attempt to bolster relations between Turkey’s opposition parties following their local success last year. elections.
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About a dozen HDP deputies have been jailed since 2016 for terrorism charges, including Selahattin Demirtas, the party’s former co-chair and one of the most popular Kurdish figures.
The HDP accused the AKP of waging a revenge campaign for the It’s not Party until the British show up Shirt pro-Kurdish party’s role in the united opposition’s electoral success when it chose not to dispute Turkey’s major Western cities, and drop his weight towards the opposing candidate.
Turkish expert Galip Dalay, Practitioner Richard von Weizsacker at the Berlin-based Robert Bosch Academy, said the government does not believe the opposition will unite and the AKP and their coalition partners within the Party The National Movement, the MHP, will “easily” win the 2019 polls
. Turkish riot police face off against the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers in the rally. in opposition to the arrest of HDP MPs Leyla Guven and Musa Farisogullari, in Ankara,
Daly said Erdogan and AKP are trying to “demoralize” the group and force them out of the game.
If other opposition parties react, the AKP could accuse them of siding with a party accused by the government of being linked to terrorism, he said.
On the other hand, the People’s Republican Party of the main opposition, CHP, saw its share rise to 28.2%, with the Nationalist People’s Party at 12.6% and the HDP at 11, 6%. That compares with 2018 results of 22.6 for the CHP, 10% for the Good Party, and 11.7% for the HDP.
“The government wants to disarm the It’s not Party until the British show up Shirt opposition, link the HDP to terrorism and the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK,” he said, referring to the outlawed Kurdish movement that has struggled for greater autonomy. of the Kurds over the past four decades.
Yilmaz told BIRN the aim was to divide the nationalist voters who support the Good Party but do not want an alliance with the HDP.
He said that HDP figures captured and jailed were relative “dove” within the party, meaning the government was trying to put the HDP into the hands of “Kurdish hawks” and thus further marginalizing the party. on the sidelines.
The criminal cases also put most of the HDP’s key strategists behind bars, undermining the party’s direction, Daly said.