The journalist Valentina Ruggiu conducted the written interview with Sebahat Tuncel who is imprisoned in Sincan Kadın Cezaevi of Ankara. We publish excerpts of the interview conducted shortly before Erdoğan’s re-election in English translation, about her elections, Kobani Trial and the conditions in prison.
HDP and Green Left Party: We made an effort to open the door to democracy
“We have expressed and defended that the main thing in these elections was to change the regime. We made an effort to open the door to democracy by offering realistic promises to a society faced by a choice between authoritarianism or democracy.”
HDP and Green Left Party: “Erdogan is never an option for us”
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Green Left (Yeşil Sol) Party have announced that their support for Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will continue in the second round of the presidential election. (UPDATED)
HDP and Green Left Party: We are determined to make the regime lose in the runoff
As the third strongest force in parliament, we are determined to make the regime that we did not let win in the first round of the elections lose in the run-off. In the coming days, we will continue our way with the determination of our peoples that gives us breath and life, and we will surely win.
In Turkey, the Fight for Democracy Isn’t Over
Turkey’s elections on May 14 brought incumbent Erdoğan to the cusp of another term in office. But he now faces a runoff vote, in which prodemocratic and Kurdish forces can still inflict a historic defeat upon the authoritarian president.
HDP and Green Left Party: First evaluation of the election results in Turkey
“We consider it important to maintain our position as the third largest party in the parliament after an unfair election amid a critical period. With this in mind, we will continue our struggle. We will ensure that democratic politics provides a basis for a solution to all problems.”
Green Left Party sends 63 MPs to Parliament
Receiving 9,33 per cent of the votes in the May 14 elections, the Green Left Party won 63 seats in the Parliament in Turkey.
LIVE TICKER: Turkey at a turning point? Election observation, obstacles and developments
The HDP Europe is in close contact with these election observation delegations. In addition, it will be in exchange with the HDP headquarters, the Green Left Party, journalists and politicians.
International delegations observe Turkey election
There are independent election observation delegations consisting of 175 parliamentarians, party representatives, civil society representatives, lawyers, academics, scientists, journalists and activists who will document violations.
If Erdogan loses, his myth will be over and it will be a turning point for Turkey
Interview by Laura Sestini with Devriş Çimen: “The Turkey has experienced all kinds of politics in its hundred-year history: Kemalism, Islamism, coups, military dictatorship, and finally authoritarianism. The only thing that has not been tried is democracy.”
Sırrı Süreye Önder: We connot let right-wing parties to dominate parliament
“Green Left Party should enter parliament with strong group” says Green Left Party Deputy candidate in Istanbul Sırrı Süreyya Önder who spoke to ANF about the presidential and parliamentary elections on 14 May.
European Green Party: A Democratic Turkey is Possible
We appeal to the Turkish authorities to refrain from interfering in the election process and commit to free and fair elections. And we send our support to our partners and friends who are working for a democratic, ecological, women’s rights based and free Turkey.
Democracy in Turkey for peace and security for all
For the HDP, the upcoming presidential elections in Turkey are an opportunity to initiate democratic change. Interview by Julian Gastelo with Devriş Çimen for Progressive Alliance
HDP: 295 people were taken into custody in a month as the government seeks provocation
HDP Law and Human Rights Commission Co-Spokesperson Nuray Özdoğan said that 295 people were detained and 61 were imprisoned in a month as the government is seeking provocation.
Turkey’s Election Is About Democracy Itself
For Jacobin by Devriş Çimen:
Erdoğan has nothing to offer the electorate, and no vision for the future. His only chance of political survival is to deploy the state apparatus — which has been brought under control by his authoritarian measures — against a possible democratic turn
20 Theses for Liberation
35 Progressive Activists & Organizations present the “20 Theses for Liberation” with a project.
HDP: These waves of arrests are a political coup against the will of the electorate in Turkey
The HDP defined the mass arrests in Turkey as a futile attempt to intimidate the AKP/MHP government, which is facing defeat, and warned of security problems in the elections on 14 May.
Police operations against the HDP and civil society organizations
Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-Spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy about police operations against the HDP and civil society organizations on 25 April.
A new stage in Erdogan’s election labyrinth: At least 110 journalists, politicians, artists, lawyers detained
Many people, including journalists, politicians, lawyers and artists, were detained in a police political operation carried out in across 21 cities.
‘The Kobani trial’ is a pretext to close the HDP and carry out systematic criminalisation
Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-Spokespersons: The Kobani case is closely linked with the closure case filed against the HDP, for which it serves as a pretext. (LAST UPDATE)