Co-Robosky - ÖZLEM ALBAYRAK

Co-Robosky

I dare say this was the Kurds' Robosky. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed 13 Kurds in Dürümlü, Sarıkamış, a neighborhood in Diyarbakır town, Sur, by blowing up a truck filled with 15 tons of explosives. The victims were murdered because they did not want the trucks loaded with explosives to remain in their village, as the PKK accused them of being “local collaborators.”

Nearly all of that village (three people voted for alternative parties) had voted for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the last elections. Their bodies were shredded to pieces, these victims were buried side by side. They were killed because they did not want these explosives, which were strong enough to blow up a whole town, to be stored in their village.

They were libertarian, justice seeking, peace defending people weren't they? They were ecologists who would not throw their cigarette butts on the ground and peace-lovers who sought the rights that were taken away from them, weren't they? Well, who will defend the rights of these villagers, who will seek justice for them? Will those who kicked up a row for Robosky, speak about the atrocity that happened in Dürümlü?

I don't think so. We are yet to hear a word from the “signatory” academics, the Kurdish-loving liberals who wailed over Robosky, NGOs who care about the problems of the Kurdish people, or from those who label President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “dictator” and claim he “slaughters Kurds.”

Just remember what HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş had said: “We will teach you kindness.” The only thing they know is to kill and the only thing they have been teaching the rest of Turkey is the extent of villainy and ferocity. Although the incident happened five days ago, Demirtaş decided to utter a few insufficient words without mentioning the “PKK,” he said: “Those responsible have acted irresponsibly, they should apologize.” As if an apology can bring back those lives. As if the sorrow of the children who are left without fathers, the women left without husbands, and parents left without their children will ease.

This is neither the first nor the last. Kurds have been oppressed first by the tyrant states of the past and now the PKK itself. When the PKK started its so-called “armed defense” after the 1980s, it was the Kurdish people who were oppressed. They suffered economically because of the harsh conditions of the region, and had to harden their hearts when their children were abducted by the PKK.

The city wars that the PKK started after the June 7 elections negatively affected Kurds once again. Thousands of Kurds were forced to leave their homes; their homes were used by the PKK and were turned into dumps. No matter what the PKK says it is fighting for, whether it is freedom or something else, it was the Kurdish people who suffered in the end; just like they did under the pitiless oppression of the 1980s governments.

Therefore, the survey results that were published on the Internet were not very surprising. Because the only thing I saw on the faces of the Kurdish people when I went to Sur, while the security forces were clearing the city from the PKK, was exasperation. According to the results of the survey titled “Declaring self-rule, displacement and Kurds,” half of those who voted for the PKK or sympathize with them, have taken their support back. The study conducted by Professor Zahir Kızmaz of Fırat University and Researcher Nimet Tegin from Siirt University, has shown that the HDP is losing support in the southeast.

While 82 percent of those who were part of the study said that they voted for the HDP in the November elections, responded in the negative to the question, “What do you think about the PKK/Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) digging ditches, erecting barricades and planting explosives in the cities?” When they were asked, “Do you approve of the PKK declaring self-rule?” 74 percent of these people responded “no” and 23 percent said “yes.” The same study reveals that while the support for the PKK was 40 percent before the urban wars, this rate dropped to 25 percent after their cities were turned to ruins. Eighty-three percent of survey participants voted for the HDP, 12 percent voted for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), 3 percent voted for Felicity Party (SP) and 1 percent voted for the Republican People's Party (CHP) in the November 1 elections.

The PKK, which supposedly started this movement for freedom, democracy and self-rule, is now mass-murdering the Kurdish people. I hope a day comes in which the lamented Kurdish people say, “If this is democracy, freedom, self-rule, we don't want it anymore.”

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