Mithat Sancar: Kurdistan Alliance is being made permanent

The "Kurdistan Alliance" formed last year in the run-up to the local elections no longer limits its activities to elections. In order to strengthen the Kurdish national unity, the front is to be maintained permanently.

Several Kurdish parties and organizations that formed the "Kurdistan Alliance" in the run-up to the local elections last year want to see their alliance last. This was announced by the co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Mithat Sancar, on Saturday in Amed (Diyarbakir). When it was founded, the Kurdish alliance initially consisted of eight parties. In the meantime, the alliance unites ten Kurdish or pro-Kurdish organizations.

According to Sancar, the idea of the Kurdistan Alliance not to limit its activities to elections is not new. "We have already mentioned this step several times since the local elections in March 2019. But now, for the first time, we were able to discuss openly and concretely about our goals to exist permanently as an alliance," said Sancar. The HDP leader emphasized Kurdish unity as the main goal of the alliance; "The existence of the Kurdish people as a nation is threatened. The Kurds are denied their national rights, they are in fact under constant attack. For political representatives of a people whose existence and rights are threatened, it is therefore a duty to meet on a "common line.”

According to Sancar, the alliance has the potential to make a major contribution to the democratization of Turkey. He remarked that, in any case, a democratic transformation would not be possible without the contribution of the Kurds, as previous experience has shown. In addition, Sancar added that a revision of democracy in Turkey would also promote a democratic transformation in the Middle East.

The chairman of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Turkey (PDK-T), Mehmet Emin Kardaş confirmed the interest of the Kurdistan Alliance in establishing an inner-Kurdish unity. "We draw our strength from Rojava. We let the world know that the Kurds have united politically.”

Which parties belong to the alliance?

In addition to the HDP, the Kurdistan Alliance initially included the sister party DBP (Party of Democratic Regions), the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan (AZADÎ), the Revolutionary Democratic Kurdish Association (DDKD), the Party of Human and Freedom (PİA), the Communist Party of Kurdistan (KKP), the Democratic Platform of Kurdistan (PDK) and the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Turkey (PDK-T). In the meantime, the civil society organization "Democratic Society Congress" (DTK) and the PDK-Bakur have also joined forces under the umbrella of the alliance.