Kisanak: Resisting is our only option

Referring to Deputy Minister Beşir Atalay’s statements in which he said that “KCK” operations were carried out in a coordinated manner, BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) Co-chair Gültan Kışanak said that; “The AKP creates evidences which are collected by the prosecution and used as accusations against our people. Resisting – she added – is our only option.”

BDP Co-chair Gültan Kışanak, Istanbul MP Sebahat Tuncel, Batman MP Ayla Akat Ata and Kars MP Mülkiye Birtan visited those taken into custody in the context of the so called “KCK” (Kurdish Communities Union) operation carried out by police in 17 cities on 13 January. While the prosecution interrogation of the people in custody continue at Istanbul Court in Beşiktaş, BDP Co-chair Kışanak made a statement to families after the visit. Kışanak underlined that the so-called “KCK” operations were led by the AKP government and Prime Minister Erdoğan for the last three years and reminded the statements of Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay who conceded that “KCK”operations were led coordinately. Kışanak said that; “The AKP is using the law and opportunities of the state to end the BDP. The AKP’s media announces the decisions regarding operations even before the detained people are taken to prosecution office.”

Reminding that the arrested people are BDP members who conduct legal work, Kışanak noted that; “What disturbs the AKP is the fact that BDP is in the streets and meetings despite all the pressure and detention it faces. The AKP and Prime Minister Erdoğan have two options; either to continue to be cruel or to abandon these policies and granting us our rights on a democratic ground. Stil, our struggle will continue and we have a single option; to continue to resist.”

Remarking that arrests and trials are carried out resembling a theater performance, Kışanak added that they were however still optimistic about justice.