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 Ocalan criticizes leader of Kurdish socialist party

 Source : Wladimir van Wilgenburg - Blog  
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Ocalan criticizes leader of Kurdish socialist party  16.2.2009  
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg  

February 16, 2009

The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) leader Abdullah Ocalan attacked the ideas of the Socialist Party of Kurdistan (PSK) leader Kemal Burkay and called him and his supporters ‘fake Kurds’ on 6th of February in a statement to his lawyers. Both the PKK and PSK are on the Turkish terrorist list. According to Burkay, Ocalan works for the Turkish deep state [Ergenekon].

Recently Burkay was interviewed by the Turkish Zaman newspaper and said that the PKK is a ‘provocative’ organization which was founded to attack Kurdish socialists and democrats.

He also claimed that the PKK was controlled by the Turkish intelligence services, but later Syria took over control when the PKK established their camps in Syria. After Ocalan’s capture in 1999; Ocalan was controlled again by the Turkish ‘deep state’.                               

In 1993 PSK-leader decided worked together for a short time with the PKK when then the PKK declared their first ceasefire. But it soon broke down when the PKK resorted to violence.
Kemal Burkay thinks this also shows why the PKK is against the TRT 6 station. “It was one of their demands before [PKK] . Now their requirement has been met.

And now for what reason they oppose the channel? It’s a pity that the PKK is not a democratic organization. The PKK is controlled from Imrali [by the deep state].” Burkay also thinks that if the PKK claims to work for the Kurds, they should drop their weapons. “Some steps have been taken [On the Kurdish issue]. More steps are needed.” But according to Burkay these steps should be reached with dialogue and democratic politics.

But the PKK doesn’t agree with this and argues that through violence changes can be reached in Turkey. The PKK uses both violence and diplomacy through the Democratic Society Party (DTP). It can be partially compared to the policies of the IRA and their political branch Sinn Fein or the political branch of the ETA,
www.ekurd.netBatsuna, which was banned by the Spanish authorities after a failure of negotiations.

PKK-leader Ocalan didn’t deny that he speaks about recent political events, but he doesn’t agree that he gives direct orders to the PKK. He regards himself as a sort of philosopher that gives recommendations, but not orders. “This criticism is cheap,” Ocalan said and claimed he heard this criticism before. Abdullah Ocalan stated that it’s impossible in his conditions to give daily instructions to lead the PKK. “They don’t know in what circumstances I live. I have lived in severe conditions for ten years.”

Abdullah Ocalan thinks that Burkay was against the PKK for many years and is supported/financed by Germany and the Socialist Party of Germany. He also proclaimed that Burkay’s party members are part of the new TRT 6 tv-station. “They are fake Kurds. We are proud to support the Kurds that are Kurds. We support the Kurds,
www.ekurd.netthat want a democratic republic.”

Burkay has been active in Turkish politics since 1965. In 1974, he established the forbidden Kurdistan Socialist Party (PSK). The PSK won the mayoral office in Diyarbakir and in Ağrı in 1977 with their independent candidates. The role of the PSK was severly diminished, after many PSK activists fled to Europe and the PKK started their armed insurgency against Turkey with Syrian support.

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* Over 40,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan) took up arms for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey (Turkey-Kurdistan). A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels. Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara and U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

** Kurds are not recognized as an official minority in Turkey and are denied rights granted to other minority groups. Under EU pressure, Turkey recently granted Kurds limited rights for broadcasts and education in the Kurdish language, but critics say the measures do not go far enough.

The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast Turkey.

Others estimate over 40 million Kurds live in Big Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia), which covers an area as big as France, about half of all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in Turkey.

Turkey is home to 25 million ethnic Kurds, a large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.

Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003

The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it is a criminal offence" 

Southeastern Turkey: North Kurdistan ( Kurdistan-Turkey) wikipedia    


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