HDP announces nationwide "democracy meetings”

As part of the "Roadmap to Democracy" drawn up by the HDP against the authoritarian course of government, "democracy meetings" with social interest groups will soon be taking place in Turkey.

Following the "democracy march" to the Turkish capital Ankara three weeks ago, the HDP will be taking its next steps in the "roadmap to democracy" drawn up against the authoritarian-autocratic course of state and government under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with meetings of all social interest groups. The "democracy meetings" with the people planned for the whole country are to be held jointly with legal associations, ecological movements, women's and youth organisations, trade unions and religious interest groups, among others. This was announced by the co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Mithat Sancar, in Ankara on Tuesday.

"Our aim is that democratic forces be a force for building up," said Sancar and continued: “It is not enough to simply raise objections to the system. The HDP's appeal is addressed to all circles that believe in justice and want the principles of democracy to apply to every human being and to breathe a sigh of relief in the face of repression. Every individual is jointly responsible for democracy."

The HDP had presented its nine-point plan for the democratisation of the country at the beginning of June and appealed to all democratic forces in the country to find common synergies. According to HDP, Turkey is slipping into what is probably the biggest crisis in its recent history, and deep social, political and economic tensions, which have the entire country firmly in their grip, are exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. HDP states that the policy of the Erdoğan government will lead to further destabilization and the increase of poverty, unemployment and oppression of the population. In order to sustainably promote democratic development in Turkey, a new democratic policy approach is needed, according to HDP.