Resisting attacks on democracy in Turkey

22 March 2021

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has called on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to protest about the repression of the People’s Democratic Party in Turkey.


The Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) was founded in 2012 as a democratic centre-left party to represent the interests of the oppressed Kurdish minority. It is an associate member of the European Party of Socialists based in Brussels and actively participated in peace negotiations between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the ruling AKP government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: 'The HDP is under ferocious and unwarranted attack by the AKP government, which has been squeezed out of key cities in the local elections and faces immense economic problems exacerbated by the pandemic.


'The Chief Public Prosecutor in Turkey has filed a lawsuit with the constitutional court to ban the HDP. This comes shortly after President Erdoğan declared a new human rights action plan, designed to repress human rights in Turkey and entrench his party's position in power.


'His AKP has launched a vicious campaign against the Kurds, and other minorities, in his country. Anyone who believes in free, democratic, and pluralist political structures should raise their voices against this move.


'That's why we are calling on Dominic Raab to do the right thing and protest to the Turkish ambassador, and through him to the Turkish government.'

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