Claim: Erdogan wants Kurdish sympathizers out of parliament

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Claim: Erdogan wants Kurdish sympathizers out of parliament

2016-04-30 12:50 BST
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Germany’s largest national subscription daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says Turkey’s President Erdogan wants to expel Kurdish sympathizers from parliament

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani, prominent Kurdish politician Leyla Zana and famous Kurdish poet and musician Siwan Perver

On 28 April 2016, the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung published a news article in which it was claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “wants to put Kurdish sympathizers out of the Parliament” by lifting the parliamentary immunities (Erdoğan will Kurden-Sympathisanten aus dem Parlament drängen).1

On 4 March 2016, the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakir launched a probe into several deputies from the pro-Kurdish HDP requesting to lift the deputies' immunity.2 Erdogan in response declared he supported the demand of the Office. However, the probe was launched for those deputies who supported the terrorist activities of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) - a Marxist–Leninist organization recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US, NATO and the EU - not because they are Kurdish sympathizers.

Additionally, the state of political freedom has been improved within the last 15 years under the administration of Erdogan and Kurdish politicians, among others, have been given the right to express their political views freely.

Prominent pro-Kurdish politicians such as Kemal Burkay, Leyla Zana, Hatip Dicle, Orhan Dogan and Selim Sadak - who were either in exile or improsened - gained their personal and political rights.34

In addition to that, Orhan Miroglu, another prominent Kurdish politician who has played an active role in different Kurdish movements, was elected as a deputy for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in 2015.