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Ahmet Türk, un homme politique kurde très expérimenté, qui n’est pas seulement un représentant crucial du parti politique kurde, mais aussi un homme politique bien connu et actif dans la politique da la Turquie depuis les années 1970, a écrit un article au Washington Post, le 6 septembre 2019. Dans l’article, il raconte sa propre histoire de bureau et de destitution d’une manière très claire. Bonne lecture à tous !

Voters chose me as their mayor. President Erdogan had other ideas.

by Ahmet Türk

September 6

Ahmet Turk is a veteran Kurdish politician in southeastern Turkey.

On March 31, I was reelected as the mayor of Mardin, Turkey. For me, as for so many of my colleagues in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), this was no ordinary vote — we were running to retake positions from which we had been arbitrarily expelled.

I was first elected as mayor in Mardin in 2014. Yet just two years into my five-year term, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cracked down on Kurdish politics and civil society, removing nearly 100 HDP mayors from our posts and replacing them with state appointees.

While I and dozens of my colleagues were jailed on terrorism charges — but in reality for the offense of having won a democratic vote — our unelected replacements worked to suffocate the will of the people. They removed the Kurdish language from public life, suppressed demonstrations and reportedly spent public funds on lavish gifts for other state officials.

Pur lire la suite: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/06/voters-chose-me-their-mayor-president-erdogan-had-other-ideas/

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