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Message from the European Green Party on Suruc Massacre

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Following the terrorist attack that took place in the Turkish town of Soruc, the Co-Chairs of the European Green Party, Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer, comment:

“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the youth activists who were killed in Soruc on Monday. Most of these victims were committed to the fight for democracy and peace, not only in Syria, but also in Turkey.

“The tragic events that played out and the increasing tension in Turkey demonstrate that the country’s Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, has to move beyond his ambiguous stance towards DAESH and come out with a clear position against this terrorist group, thereby stopping to use it as a tool for his internal disputes with the Kurds. He must also defend his citizens, irrespective of their ethnic or religious origin, and start playing a more positive role in the region.

“This latest attack should be considered a wake up call to resume and speed up the process of peace building in the country, and the Turkish government must now do everything within its power to avoid an escalation of violence.

“Resuming the peace talks with representatives of the Kurdish people that had originally started in 2012, with more energy and zeal, remain the best option for all to achieve a positive outcome. The European Union must also play its part in supporting the process.

“A new civic coalition was formed in Turkey, entitled the ‘Peace Bloc’. Made up of several political parties, democratic organisations, labour and trade bodies, NGOs, as well as intellectuals and artists, it will organise a peace march in Istanbul on 26 July to condemn the terrorist attack.

“The European Green Party stands in solidarity with the march, and with people who are yearning for freedom and peace all over the world, in particular the Middle East.”

24 July 2015

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Green Party of England & Wales Supports HDP in the Election

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The Turkish general election is days away, and Turkish voters who live in London can vote this weekend following a 2012 regulation that permits citizens to vote in the country in which they reside.

With campaigning reaching a peak, it seems likely that the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) will win. However, the supermajority required may elude President Erdogan.

The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) can secure representation in a new parliament, marking a significant shift in Turkish politics by moving away from the era of AKP single-party governments.

Commenting on the elections, Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP said:

‘The HDP are a party with an ecological, pro-democracy, equality driven agenda. They are also clear about wanting autonomy and peace for the Kurds. Their representation is important.’

International coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales, Derek Wall concluded:

‘They are an inspiration. Success for the HDP would be a win for the Kurds, the LGBT community and the Turkish Greens who are part of the HDP. More should be done to promote their message. Turkish voters who want to influence their country’s future can vote in the General Election this weekend at Olympia.’

Turkey has the world’s highest electoral threshold, requiring a 10% vote share to achieve representation. The general election takes place on the 7th of June.

-See more at: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2015/05/29/greens-support-hdp-ahead-of-upcoming-turkish-election/#sthash.54obnsOd.dpuf

EELV Calls to Vote for HDP

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Parliament elections come to pass on June 7th in Turkey and until May 31st for the citizens of Turkey residing abroad. These elections are the occasion to advance ecology, the democracy and peace in Turkey.

The Ecology Party, Yeșiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi, member like EELV of the Green Party European, decided to take part in these elections in coalition with several political parties and movements citizens progressists having in heart to defend the rights of minorities, of the women, the children, the workers,  LGBT community and of course to protect the environment.

This coalition, Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP, all the more deserves the support of all the voters since is it the only one able to call into question the hegemony of  AKP. Indeed, particulary unjust Turkish electoral system prohibits numerous parties having less than 10% of the votes to enter to the Parliament and redistributes the seats mainly between leading parties.

EELV thus calls all those  which have voting right  to go to theTurkish  consulates  before May 31st and to help  HDP to cross this threshold of 10%, to prevent the AKP from modifying the Constitution with its own way, to call into question the nuclear power and all the great projects which seriously endanger nature in Turkey and in its neighbors (3rd airport, 3rd bridge, Istanbul channel, election threshold… etc.) and to make progress the peace process with Kurdish. The voters  living out of Turkey can tip the scales.

Lastly, EELV particularly supports the 24 candidates of Yeșiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi and especially Saruhan Oluç chief candidate HDP in the district of Antalya. If the HDP passes the threshold, he will be the first deputy ecologist of the history of Turkey.