DBP Co-Chair: We are Kurds and we will live as Kurds

DBP Co-Chair Keskin Bayındır attended the candidate presentation and office opening in Patnos. "We are Kurds and we will live as Kurds," Bayındır said, adding, "This is not a party issue, this is a matter of freedom."

The Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) co-mayoral candidates for the 31 March local elections were presented in the Patnos district of Ağrı on Friday.

Accompanied by a convoy of tens of vehicles, the candidates were enthusiastically welcomed by thousands of people when they reached the Ağrı-Van Street.

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair Keskin Bayındır and DEM Party Van MP Gülcan Kaçmaz Sayyiğit also took part in the welcome.

DEM Party Patnos Municipality Co-Mayor Candidate Kerem Kırtay said in his speech that they are at the service of the people and that they will run fair, equal and free municipal work.

The female candidate, Rojbin Kartal, said, "We will never surrender these cities and the will of our people to the trustees and plunderer mentality. Let's join hands and end this together."

Speaking after, DBP Co-Chair Keskin Bayındır said, "We are heading towards the elections and there is little time left. We believe that we will finish this job with your support. The people of Serhat have not bowed down to oppression for a century. We will visit village after village, house after house and convince our people to participate in the elections. This is not a party issue, this is a matter of freedom."

"If you can't do anything, pray for us. Our issue is not the municipality, our issue is to live in our own homeland in a free and democratic way. We are Kurds and we will live as Kurds. I would like to address the people of Patnos who cannot be here today; today is not the time to sulk. Let's realize this blessed march together," he added.

Bayındır emphasized the need for an immediate meeting with Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan for a democratic solution to the Kurdish question and concluded his words as follows: "With the support of our people, we will solve the Kurdish question in a democratic way. Today, thousands of Kurds around the world are standing up and demanding a solution to the Kurdish question and the physical freedom of Öcalan. We are calling out from Serhat, today is the day of solution. The Kurdish people want communication with the interlocutor of the Kurdish question for their language and freedom. If you want to know us, look at our hundred years of resistance in Serhat."