28 Kurdish DBP Municipalities Seized
Trustees have been appointed to Democratic Regions Party (DBP) municipalities in Diyarbakır’s (Amed) Sur and Silvan districts. Another 26 municipalities have also been seized.
Speaking following a meeting with province governors earlier today, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said, “The state has determined that they [Kurdish municipalities] are supporting terror through local administrations. We have done what is necessary regarding 28 municipalities. We will not step back from this. It’s all or nothing, we are going to respond to those who don’t comprehend the state’s power in a language they understand. They say they won’t let us, but we are going to take the necessary steps regarding municipalities supporting terror.”
Following a decision by the local governorate, the Municipalities of Sur and Silvan, which were won by the pro-autonomy Kurdish DBP in the local elections in 2014, have been seized and taken under administration.
Silvan district governor Murat Kütük has been appointed to the Silvan district municipality while Sur district governor Dr. Memduh Tura has been appointed to Sur district municipality.
Peoples’ Democratic Party Siirt MP Besime Konca criticised the decision on Twitter saying the AKP government was “laying the foundations for a civil war,” by seizing 28 municipalities and purging 11,500 Kurdish teachers with alleged ties to the PKK.
Critics have also said that the force used by the government in seizing municipalities is proof that the Turkish state has no legitimacy in the Kurdish region. Dozens of municipalities declared self-rule in 2015 during clashes between state forces and Kurdish militias.
‘We Won’t Recognise Appointed Trustees’: Kurdish Political Parties
Pro-autonomy Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have said they will not recognise the trustees appointed to take over DBP and HDP municipalities in Turkey’s Kurdish region.
In an official statement the DBP said: “The AKP government is adding a new page to its dirty war policies in Kurdistan every day. Due to these policies of destruction and massacre many cities in Kurdistan have been wiped off the map. The AKP has engaged in all sorts of illegality to place our municipalities under administration. There is only one reason for the AKP’s attacks on our gains; and that is its desperation against our resistance. We would like to reiterate that we are not going to remain silent against the attacks on our people’s gains. Placing our municipalities under the control of trustees is extortion and a coup against the will of the people. Everyone must raise their voices against this seizure and coup.”
HDP Adana MP and lawyer Meral Danış Beştaş criticised the development and described municipalities as one of the major areas that reflect the people’s will. “If the government ignores the people’s will, then people will defend their own rights and laws. This is an unacceptable practice,” she said.
28 municipalities have been placed under administration with trustees being appointed for Diyarbakir’s Sur and Silvan districts today.
Hundreds of DBP and HDP co-mayors and executives have been imprisoned, including DBP co-chair Kamuran Yüksek.
Source: Kurdish Question
11,500 Teachers Purged for Alleged Ties to PKK: Turkey
11,500 teachers have been suspended from their posts by Turkey’s Ministry of National Education for having alleged ties to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).
Following a speech made by Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım in Diyarbakır (Amed) last week, in which he said up to 14,000 teachers were suspected of having ties with the PKK, 11,500 teachers have been suspended from their posts.
The Ministry of National Education made a statement saying, “11,285 personnel with ties to the separatist terrorist organisation have been suspended.”
Commentators and MPs have criticised the move as a purge and said that the government wants to replace Kurdish teachers with teachers who are supporters of the Turkish government.
It is expected that the number of suspended teachers will go up to 14,000 following investigations by local governorates. The names of the suspended teachers have been sent to their places of work ahead of the new school year.
More than 100,000 people have been purged from the public sector in Turkey following the coup attempt on 15 July 2016. Most of those purged are accused of being members of the Fethullah Gülen Movement, which the Turkish government blames for the coup attempt.
However attention has turned to Kurdish and oppositional academics, journalists and public sector workers recently with many prominent names being imprisoned and suspended for supporting pro-Kurdish politics.