Kurdish issue in Turkey
Local authorities ban first Kurdish play to be staged in Istanbul Municipality over ‘public security’
Local authorities have banned the first Kurdish play to be staged in Istanbul Municipal Theater over "public security concerns." "We can't perform because they said that we threaten public security, but these stages are our rights. We will perform. We will continue to protect our theater and language," actors Rugeş Kırıcı and Ömer Şahin said in a statement in Kurdish and Turkish.
Kurdish singer Cesim Başboğa said that he was threatened by gendarmerie officials and MİT members to not sing in Kurdish in Bitlis' Tatvan district. According to Başboğa, a MİT official "banned" him to sing in Kurdish, saying, "I'm warning you for the last time. You'll be in trouble in the smallest mistake."
Turkish Justice Ministry has dismissed a parliamentary question on the release of a rapist soldier for being "offensive." Uca in her question asked Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül to reveal the reason for why former specialized sergeant Musa Orhan was released despite raping İpek Er. The ministry said that the question can be accepted if the terms found "crude and offensive" are removed.
HDP deputy İmam Taşçıer has submitted a draft bill to parliament for Kurdish, mainly Kurmanji and Zazaki, to become a language of education. "Education in mother tongue ensures the development of a child's cultural identity, personality and self-respect. It's also utterly significant to make sure their efficient participation in social and economic life," Taşçıer said.
Turkish court releases rapist specialized sergeant Musa Orhan one week after arrest despite public outrage
A Turkish court on Aug. 26 released a specialized sergeant one week after he was arrested over raping an 18-year-old woman in the southeastern province of Batman. His release came after his lawyer Mehmet Erkan Akkuş objected to the arrest ruling on the grounds that his client is not a flight risk. Social media users once again are calling for his arrest.
Pro-Kurdish HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has called on the opposition to work together on drafting a constitution which will ensure the peace in Turkey. "Peace is the way to end the tyrant rulership in this country. Because despot, tyrant and fascist rulerships feed on wars. They want to secure their position through wars,” Sancar said.
No Kurd would accept being a legionary of imperialists, AKP spokesperson says in response to Biden’s remarks
No Kurd would accept being a legionary of imperialists, AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said in response to U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's past remarks. Çelik on Aug. 18 deemed Biden's remarks "a major attack against Kurds" and said that he aims to show the Kurds as his employees or an extension of his policies.
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has voiced readiness to take risks to solve the Kurdish issue, adding that it would back all the efforts in line with that. Saying that the Kurds are strategically, geographically and politically at the center of the Middle East, the HDP noted that the Kurds are key to all the issues in the region. It also called for an end to Öcalan's isolation.
Two Turkish YouTubers have carried out a so-called "social experiment" in Kurdish-majority province Diyarbakır to film the reactions of children street vendors once they were asked to buy food for two complete strangers. Children who offered their help for the two men were given a tablet computer. Several people questioned why Diyarbakır was chosen particularly for this "social experiment," while the Diyarbakır Bar Association said that the video is a “product of a mentality which sees itself as superior to others.”