“Today, the democratization of politics is one of the most urgent challenges. However, democratic politics need democratic parties. As long as there are no parties and party-affiliated institutions committed to the interests of the society instead of fulfilling state orders, a democratization of politics will be hardly possible.”
~ Abdullah Öcalan.

Today is the birthday of the Kurdish people’s leader, Abdullah Öcalan, and people gathered at his hometown to celebrate. As usual, however, the jandarma got involved in something else that wasn’t any of their business. Of course, they most likely did so out of fear. From Özgür Gündem:

The number who lost their lives in Amara increased to two

The number of dead increased to two due to the jandarma attack at the celebration of the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan’s birthplace Halfeti’s Amara village.

Citizens from all over Turkey, who came to Amara to celebrate Öcalan’s sixtieth birthday, were stopped by soldiers. More than sixty people were wounded by the [jandarma] intervention with nightsticks, wooden boards, gaz bombs, and plastic bullets. Mustafa Dağ (27) lost his life at Birecik state hospital, where he was taken, due to a gas bomb hitting him in the head and crushing his skull. Mahsum Karaoğlan (21), who was wounded during the intervention and was taken to Birecik state hospital, lost his life as well. The wounded citizens were taken for treatment to Urfa and Birecik state hospitals. Intensive precautions were taken around Urfa and Birecik state hospitals, where the citizens who lost their lives were taken.

Meanwhile after the [jandarma] intervention, 15 thousand people returned by vehicle, whereas some others flocked to the hospitals where the wounded were taken.

Meanwhile, there’s something more on the uprising in Agirî (Ağrı) at MidEast Youth, with video. There are three videos of AKP police brutality for at least one intervention:

Remember how the AKP’s police beat women in Wan last Newroz?

It would be a good idea to spread these videos as widely as possible to illustrate to the ignorant just exactly what the AKP’s Kurdish Policy is, and what a great example of democracy Turkey is. In Colemêrg (Hakkâri) last Newroz , widespread internet dissemination of AKP police breaking a Kurdish boy’s arm was the only way that the state was forced to release Cuneyt Ertuş.

During the 1990’s, Kurdistan didn’t have a global voice. Now it does. It’s called the Internet. Use it.

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