HDP to stage "democracy march against coup”

With a "democracy march against the coup" on June 15, the HDP will launch its democratic struggle schedule against the authoritarian government course in Turkey. The starting points are Edirne and Hakkari, the destination is Ankara.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will begin its "democratic struggle program" on 15 June with a five-day march on Ankara. This was decided by the party's central executive council at an extraordinary meeting in Ankara at the weekend. At the beginning of last week, the HDP had presented its eagerly awaited roadmap with strategic guidelines against the authoritarian-autocratic course of state and government under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and appealed to all democratic forces in the country to find common synergies. With the withdrawal of the mandate of HDP MPs Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları and their subsequent imprisonment last week, the implementation of the roadmap has accelerated.

The march to Ankara will be staged under the motto "Democracy march against the coup". The march will start at two points: Edirne, the westernmost major city in Turkey, where former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş is imprisoned, and Hakkari, the constituency of Leyla Güven and the south-easternmost city near the border triangle Turkey-Iraq-Iran. On the route are metropolises such as Istanbul, Van, Amed (Diyarbakir) and Adana, and daily meetings with the population, civil society organisations and institutions are planned in all cities. However, the HDP is not limited to the Kurdish cities or the Kurdish section of the population, but will also head for the Black Sea region, where it will meet with various initiatives. In the Hatay province in the south of the country, which borders on Syria, activities and meetings are also planned against the backdrop of the conflict that has been going on for nine years.

At a time when the AKP/MHP government is trying to suppress the HDP and other opposition parties are trying to manoeuvre them onto their own substitutes' bench "as an ace in the hole", the HDP will try to develop a viable bundle of democratic forces aimed at promoting and shaping the country's democratic development in a sustainable manner. Meetings with social interest groups and activities such as mass protests and acts of civil disobedience are set to continue after the March to Ankara until World Peace Day on September 1.