Who is deceiving whom? - Yüksel Genç
23 January 2012
"The childhood dream of many former political leaders was to be 'an officer'. Erdoğan wanted to be “a policeman” when he was a child"
We publish an article by Yüksel Genç, editor of Özgür Gündem. She has been detained, together with some other 49 journalists on 20 December. She is currently in Bakırköy Prison for Women and Juveniles
Following the most recent KCK operations, Prime Minister Erdoğan made a statement in which he said that “We, the security forces…” and repeated the determination of operations. While listening to the Prime Minister, I thought if there was a need for further statement which expresses that the present government identifies itself with the police.
The childhood dream of many former political leaders was to be “an officer” but it looks like Erdoğan wanted to be “a policeman” when he was a child. He could have even dreamed of being a Police Commissioner. It would otherwise be difficult to explain his way of being involved in KCK cases which progress with detective methods with a strong doubt that even the accusations that are presented to court are prepared by the police. It is apparent that Erdoğan incidentally became Prime Minister while intending to be the police commissioner. Considering this, the target pointing and good cop/bad cop tirades of the prime minister and the AKP government which acts like law enforcement agency partially become more comprehensible.
However, what I can’t understand is some allegations which were put forward by the Prime Minister and used by the prosecutor and security directorate that officially conduct these operations. The prime minister says that these operations will save the BDP from tutelage. While the mentality of saving a political party from the tutelage of another power is in itself problematic, I cannot understand how BDP could be saved from tutelage through the arrest of its members. Around 10 thousand BDP members are investigated and tried within the allegation of KCK and among them four thousand are in prisons. Do so many members and executives of a political party point out to the tutelage on that party or to the party itself? Not any rational person has managed to explain this matter. The AKP members and the Prime Minister talk about the BDP as if all its members were under tutelage. The government wants to form its own BDP by arresting some and oppressing the rest. The government has resorted to this way when seeing that establishing a new Kurdish party doesn’t have a provision in the democratic competition. In this case, isn’t the AKP itself the power that wants to place the BDP under tutelage? Yes, it is.
In this case, the Prime Minister and the AKP are trying to control a political party by using its tutelage on the judiciary and the power of law. This situation itself is a crime against democracy. Lawyers should in my opinion search the legal provision of this practice and put it forwards as a matter in dispute. However, the denial of this picture, which can be read by a child even, means that the Prime Minister and the government are either deceived horribly or they deceive the people horribly.
One other complicate point in Prime Minister’s statement was his implication regarding the existence of an underground structuring within the BDP. As done in usual countries, an illegal criminal structure could be revealed through law, while people aren’t accused before the trial ends. However, it doesn’t work like that in this country. Considering the ward I am staying in, I can say that none of my friends was arrested for underground activities. For example, Professor Büşra Ersanlı is a BDP central administration board member and she is accused of giving lessons at BDP’s official politics Academy. One other example is Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar, BDP Istanbul former co-chair who is tried for co-chairmanship activities. Similiarly, Ülker Ana, Hatice and Songül Ana are also held in prison for the activities they performed at party administration.
The situation of us, journalists is as you know. We are here for building activities, events and stories on the earth, not because of an underground activity. Because of the political structure that I came from, I am personally the closest name that could be linked to the PKK among all my colleagues. However, all my works were made obviously and within the frames of laws. Besides, in my columns, I wrote about everything that I did. I hid neither that I was a former guerrilla nor that we came to this country with a mission of peace. I hid neither the fact that I worked for peace and solution nor the meetings I made on the Kurdish question, actors and solution offers…Besides, I am one of the identities who has been a chance for the peace process.
Now, in this case, who stands under and who stands above the ground? It needs to be asked. Besides, the Prime Minister needs to be obviously reminded that he is ‘either deceived or deceiving’. This government considers everything as an illegal and parallel structure.
I wonder why?
* Yüksel GENÇ / Bakırköy Prison for Women and Juveniles
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ANF NEWS AGENCY