We condemn the attack in Istanbul

wpid-img_20151010_143124.jpgWe condemn the attack in Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport. Unfortunately 36 civilians lost their lives and 147 people were injured as a result of this inhumane attack. We wish that God rests the souls of all departed, we extend our condolences to their families and friends, and wish the wounded quick recovery. We share the great sorrow with the whole society and harshly condemn the terror attacks that target civilians and the humankind.

We witness a rise in attacks by organizations such as ISIS that know no boundaries, and the aggravating results of those attacks. It is clear that further struggle and solidarity is crucial against ISIS who commits crimes against humanity in a very large geography from Beirut to Reyhanli, Suruç to Paris, Baghdad to Kobanê, Tunus to Brussels, Ankara to Istanbul, and Iraq to Syria.

The governments who provide support for these organizations are responsible for the ease in which they can organize their attacks. The mentality that builds its foreign policies on supporting barbarian gangs, that still asks “Why should Al-Nusra be seen as a terrorist organization?” is responsible for what happened today.

It is our citizens who are obliged to pay the heavy price of a wrong foreign policy, wrong relations with barbarian gangs known for their crimes against humanity. The results of the arm shipments and logistic support that has rendered Syria an uninhabitable country, is threatening the right to life for all our citizens today.

The political power and its undertakers, whose foreign policy is a mere fiasco, keep sitting on their chairs with no shame, in a struggle to build a one-man rule.

This government is incapable of bringing peace and serenity into Turkey. The claims for serenity and stability by a mentality which adopts policies of tension, polarization, conflict and war in both domestic and foreign relations for a power grab are null and void. The realization of this fact, a reality recognized by the outside world, shall be an important step towards stopping the rot.

Figen Yüksekdağ & Selahattin Demirtaş
HDP Co-Chairs
29 June 2016

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