Demirtaş blasts Erdogan: ‘Let the people govern themselves’

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Selahattin Demirtaş

Selahattin Demirtaş

Selahattin Demirtaş, co-president of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) told a party meeting yesterday that Turkey’s 30th March local election results will be ‘surprising for many’. ANF reports him as saying that the conflict between the ruling AKP and the Gülen Movement is not about democracy, and that the people will teach the AKP a lesson at the polls.

“We will print your ticket on 30th March, then at the first general elections put you on the bus and see you off,” said Demirtaş.

Referring to Turkish prime minister Erdogan’s current battle with Gülen, Demirtaş said: “There has been a parallel state for 12 years, did you only become aware of it on 17 December?”

“When we issue a press release there are 5 cameras monitoring us. They put listening devices in our meetings”.

“We do not lack alternatives in Turkey,” he continued. “We don’t have to put up with this lot. We deserve a proper alternative, and now there is a strong alternative in Turkey that says ‘let the people govern themselves’. There has not been a popular government for 90 years. It is about time there was one and the opportunity now exists. The evening of 30 March will be surprising for many. I advise the Prime Minister and the other opposition leaders to have health teams and tablets with them when watching the election results. Your blood pressure will rise.”

Selahattin Demirtaş also condemned Erdogan over Rojava, saying: “the Prime Minister is fighting against the PYD and continues to send trucks of aid to support (the jihadist) ISIS.”

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