Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kurdish representatives to boycott Ankara's Parliament

The 35 Kurdish representatives elected in the lists of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will boycott the Turkish Parliament. This decision has been taken after Ankara's electoral council decided to nullify the election of a 36th elect: Hatip Dicle. 

The imperialist "electoral council" decided that Dicle, who had been sentenced to 20 months of prison barely a few days before election, on grounds of apology of the Communist Party of Kurdistan, PKK, declared illegal by Ankara but felt by many Kurds as their only true representative.

The centralist laws that rule the Turkish Republic difficult Kurds to run in elections because they would need to reach 10% of the vote at state level and that's why the have to look for alliances with parties outside Kurdistan. Still the BDP won essentially in Kurdish majority provinces:

In the above map shaded provinces indicate those with some native ethnic Kurdish presence, not necessarily majority. Blue provinces are those where the BDP won (yellow: Turkish Islamo-Democrats, red: Turkish Nationalist Secularists, green: Turkish Nationalist Fascists). 

Kurds may be as many as 25% of the Turkish population but, outside their core area, they are scattered in smaller pockets or in worker neighborhoods in the large Turkish cities of the West, such as Istanbul.

Source: Gara[es].

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