With the warmth of the Newroz fires and the spirit of Gezi,
LONG LIVE MAY DAY! BIJÎ YEKÊ GULANÊ!
May Day has been celebrated for 124 years now in remembrance of the murdered American workers in struggle for eight-hour workdays. However, the working conditions of our day still resemble those of 124 years ago.
With the belief that the equality of all peoples and beliefs around the world, Middle East and especially in our country will bring fellowship; we celebrate the Easter of Christian peoples with wishes of fratertnity and peace.
HDP Central Executive Board
HDP Co-chair Sebahat Tuncel and MPs Pervin Buldan, Selma Irmak, Nursel Aydoğan, Ayla Akat Ata and the new mayor of Lice in Diyarbakır, Rezan Zoğurlu, have paid a visit to the recenly elected co-mayor of Diyarbakır, Gültan Kışanak. Co-chair Tuncel here stated that they have worked together with Kışanak before as co-chairs and they hope that Kışanak will be further expanding here story of success here in the local governmnet as well. Tuncel further said: “Kışanak will be taking on a very important responsibility here as the pioneers of the co-mayor system at Diyarbakır. The struggle might appear to be a hard one to handle. However, we believe that Kışanak will succeed. We fully pledge our support for you. We will run this city together. You are not just the co-chair of this city but also a co-chair of our political movement.” Continue reading
The gala premiere of the movie “Trans X Istanbul” at the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival organized annually by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) was took place at ‘Atlas Sineması’. The movie and director Maria Binder have been nominated for respective prizes under the ‘Human Rights’ genre this year as the movie focuses on the discrimination against transgender peoples and hate crimes in Istanbul.
HDP Vice Co-chair and Istanbul MP, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, has posed a parliamentary question to the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ömer Çelik, in response to the ban on Lars von Trier’s latest movie, “Nymphomaniac”.
Lars von Tier’s latest movie “Nymphomaniac”, set to air in Turkish movie theatres on March 14, was banned by the National Cinema Board. The higher committee, which has members from the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Interior and Education as well, released its decision that the film cannot be screened even with a “+18” certificate despite the dispute among the members of the subcommittee.
Despite the polarization that existed between the ruling party AKP and the opposition CHP in the local elections, the lists of the left Kurdish BDP, which together with allied forces set up the HDP, gathered an estimated result of more than 7%.
The Party of the European Left (EL) congratulates the BDP-HDP for the increase of their lists in the Kurdish areas where the alliance managed to elect the majority of the mayors.
It is undoubtedly a positive development and creates better conditions for the promotion of the peace process, which should lead to the recognition of democratic and cultural rights for the Kurds, in the interests of peace and democracy throughout the Middle East.