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Parti de Gauche Backs Left Kurdish HDP Party in Turkish Elections.

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French Left Backs our Kurdish Sisters and Brothers. 

The Parti de Gauche (Left Party), one of the largest components of the Front de Gauche (Left Front) in France, has issued a statement in support of the HDP saying that HDP’s overcoming the electoral threshold in the general elections to be held on 7 June is vital to the future of Turkey and of Rojava.

Reports The Kurdish Question.

The statement of Parti de Gauche drew attention to the importance of the general elections in Turkey to be held on 7 June, stressing that the elections might open the possibility for the realisation of a democratic, social, peaceful and anti-capitalist project defending the rights of the workers and the minorities (Kurdish, Alevi people, LGBT individuals, women, etc. ) as well as promoting ecology and the protection of the environment.

The statement stressed that that project is today defended in Turkey by the HDP, which is the sole political force able to break the political hegemony of the AKP, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and its government.

The statement said: “The power in Ankara has understood this: While the AKP representatives hold offensive speeches and stigmatise the HDP as a “terrorist organisation” or as “dangerous for democracy”, they do not seek to bring to light the bombings on the HDP election offices that were carried out in Mersin and Adana on 8 May 2015”.

French Left Party also drew attention to the 10 % electoral threshold of in Turkey, calling it undemocratic and unjust, and stressed that the HDP’s having votes over the threshold will undermine the will of Erdoğan to strengthen his grip on the society by changing the Constitution towards presidential system and greater authoritarianism. The statement also said a probable victory of the AKP would be a threat to peace and exacerbate the abuses of liberties, secularism and women’s rights, adding that worse would be the continuation of the support of the AKP government to ISIS gangs to break the autonomy of Rojava, despite the failure of this strategy in Kobanê.

The statement concluded by stressing the support of the Parti de Gauche to HDP and its candidates in the elections, adding that the people of Turkey demonstrated that they would not give in to this repression as has been proved by the events of Gezi and the successful results obtained by Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of the HDP in the presidential election in 2014.

The Parti de Gauche’s best known figure is JeanLuc Mélenchon.

Turkey’s general election set for Sunday is predicted to be one of closest in more than a decade for the ruling AK Party. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan increasingly is targeting the HDP, the pro-Kurdish opposition party, which is seeking for the first time to enter parliament as a political party. A surge in political attacks on the HDP has coincided with an increase in the number of violent attacks against the party.

With just a few days of campaigning left before the June 7 election, the pro-Kurdish HDP is facing growing political violence. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to try and stop protesters trying to break up a HDP party rally in the eastern city of Erzurum.

In the same region, a mob attacked an HDP campaign bus and set it on fire. The bus’s driver was reportedly injured; how seriously is unknown. An HDP activist was fatally shot Wednesday night in southeastern Turkey near his campaign bus, which was raked with gunfire.


The wave of political violence follows a speech in the same region Wednesday by Erdogan, in which he strongly condemned the pro-Kurdish party.

“The Armenian lobby, homosexuals and those atheists – all these representatives of sedition benefit from any HDP success,” said Erdogan.

Even though the president is bound by the constitution to be impartial, he has been stepping up his political rhetoric against the HDP. Recent opinion polls indicate the party will just pass the 10-percent electoral threshold required for parliamentary representation.

Original statement:

Le Parti de Gauche soutient les candidat-e-s du HDP

Des élections législatives ont lieu le 7 juin en Turquie. Elles constituent pour les citoyen-ne-s turcs/turques une opportunité pour faire avancer un projet démocratique, social, pacifique et anticapitaliste défendant les droits des travailleurs/travailleuses, des minorités (kurdes, alévis, LGBTI, droits des femmes) et promouvant l’écologie et la protection de l’environnement.

C’est le projet défendu par la coalition HDP (Parti démocratique des peuples), seule force politique en mesure de briser l’hégémonie politique du parti AKP, du Président Recep Tayyip Erdogan et de son gouvernement. Le pouvoir d’Ankara l’a bien compris : tenant un discours violent et stigmatisant le HDP qualifié d’ « organisation terroriste » ou de « danger pour la démocratie » par des responsables de l’AKP, il ne cherche pas non plus à faire la lumière sur les attentats à la bombe dont les bureaux du HDP ont été victimes dans les villes d’Adana et de Mersin le 18 mai 2015.

Le système électoral turc, profondément injuste, impose aux listes en présence de franchir la barre des 10% pour être représentées au parlement. Atteindre ce seuil constituerait pour le HDP une première victoire. Cela mettrait à mal la volonté du Président Erdogan de renforcer son emprise sur la société turque en modifiant la Constitution vers davantage de présidentialisme et d’autoritarisme. À l’inverse, une victoire de l’AKP serait une menace pour la paix et aggraverait les atteintes aux libertés, à la laïcité, aux droits des femmes avec la mise en œuvre d’une insupportable politique de régression sociale. Pire encore, le soutien du régime turc aux forces de l’État Islamique visant à briser l’autonomie du Rojava (Kurdistan syrien) se poursuivrait, malgré l’échec retentissant de cette stratégie délétère à Kobané.

Le peuple turc ne se résigne pas à cette éventualité comme l’ont démontré les manifestations de Gezi, les événements de la place Taksim et le succès du candidat du HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, aux dernières élections présidentielles de 2014.

Pour ces élections législatives turques, le Parti de Gauche apporte tout son soutien au HDP et à ses candidat-e-s.


Written by Andrew Coates

June 5, 2015 at 11:43 am

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  1. The German Greens and Die Linke have also publicly called for a vote for the HDP, which might have a bigger effect than the FdG considering the number of Turkish citizens in Germany (and the Greens/Die Linke voters).


    June 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  2. That is useful news Dagmar.

    I posted this (1) Because it is incredibly important. (2) I wish the Kurdish party well and (3) I was struck by the fact that Mélenchon’s party took an interest

    After the elections here I really must get back on top on European news.

    You may be interested in this recent dispute which my French Facebook friends have been agitated about over the last few days.

    A propos du « Hareng de Bismarck ».

    There is a heavy exchange of views across the French left on this book by Jean-Luc Mélenchon which some accuse of having a xenophobic anti-German undertone.


    Andrew Coates

    June 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

  3. Would the “some” referred to include “everyone who has read the title”? Maybe he wants to become the spiritual leader of the anti-Germans?

    Die Linke calling for a HDP vote: http://www.die-linke.de/partei/organe/parteivorstand/parteivorstand-2014-2016/beschluesse/unterstuetzung-der-hdp/
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen doing the same: http://www.gruene.de/ueber-uns/fuer-freiheit-gerechtigkeit-nachhaltigkeit-und-frieden.html

    A local grouping of the HDP was founded in January in Berlin, with prominent Green and Die Linke speakers, report from Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung: http://www.rosalux.de/news/41099/plattform-der-tuerkischen-hdp-gruendet-sich-in-berlin.html


    June 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

  4. Was talking to PKK comrades about this just after the British election. 10% is possibly the highest threshold in the world and a blatant ploy to exclude HDP from representation.

  5. Indeed. In the last elections the HDP didn’t stand as a party in order to get a number of “independents” elected (with then formed a HDP group in the Turkish parliament); but this time they are gambling on getting more than 10%. Bizarrely (or: entirely understandably as the 10% hurdle is only there to gerrymander and keep the HDP out), official party candidates who win individual constituencies don’t get elected if the party as whole doesn’t get 10% of the national vote. So it really is a gamble. I wish them good luck and a high vote.


    June 5, 2015 at 11:57 pm

  6. And Syriza have sent a brief “solidarity message” as well:


    June 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

  7. Good.

    We also hear that Erdogan has attacked this: “Ahead of polls, Erdogan slams foreign, ‘Jewish’-backed media.”


    I thought something was missing from the list of Armenians, Kurds, atheists and homosexuals…

    Andrew Coates

    June 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm

  8. HDP is not a Leftist Party, but is a collaborator with Imperialist Powers to Implement the New Sevres Treaty to weaken the Turkish Republic. HDP is linked to the PKK, the same PKK which brutally massacred other Leftists in the 1970’s and committed atrocities against the members of DHKP-C and the Revolutionary Workers and Peasants Party. It also recognizes the so-called “Armenian Genocide” which is peddled by capitalist countries (most EU countries are Capitalist). HDP is a pawn of Imperialism, just like AKP. The only true Socialists in Turkey are Vatan Partisi.

    Arnavut Ahmet Pasha

    October 19, 2015 at 6:05 am

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