CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş said, “I have perceived the people of Diyarbakır as offended, upset and furious… But despite everything, their will to live together still remains robust…”
CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş who went to Diyarbakır with a group of deputies to do campaigning for the referendum has shared his impressions regarding the city.
“Despite the oppression…”
Yarkadaş who stated that it was his first time in Diyarbakır as an MP, has said “The society has made it very clear wherever we went their willfulness to live together despite AKP’s oppression. This is a great chance for Turkey.”
“We haven’t seen AKP”
Yarkadaş indicated that AKP hasn’t campaigned in the streets of Diyarbakır and said “They have nothing more to say to the public. There is no AKP in Diyarbakır; only their governmental power. They fill in for AKP. There is a September 12th atmosphere present… The public is fed up with this oppression. For now they are silent but they will speak up at the ballots.”
“The society can’t meet up with the government”
Yarkadaş indicated that the municipality buildings that are headed by appointed trustees are covered with high barbed wires and added “In reality, a barrier has been formed between the society and the government. The public can’t even get close to governmental institutions… The scenery in Iraq is currently present in Diyarbakır…”
“There is disappointment”
Yarkadaş who argued that the public is disappointed regarding the oppression subsequent to the arrests of HDP deputies and HDP mayors, has said:
“They perceive these operations as an attack on their free will. The fact that the individuals they have elected being imprisoned has created a serious sentimental disappointment. They are also furious as much as they are disappointed and upset… They are waiting for April 16th to let off their anger. They are saying that they expect 82 percent of the votes to be NO on April 16th. My belief is the same… Despite the suppression, they will show their reaction. Diyarbakır will break its’ silence at the ballot box…”
“They want to live together”
Yarkadaş argued that the public still sees the ballot box as a significant option despite AKP’s mistakes and said:
“They expect CHP to embrace a more radical standpoint towards the Kurdish issue. They express their reproach in the one-on-one conversations we had. They say ‘We are citizens of this country, we live on these lands and we want to live within the borders.’ This is a great chance for Turkey despite AKP’s mistakes. The people of the regional public have erased AKP of their minds… They are in search for a new hope. They state that they want to trust in our party. We will work even harder to gain their trust and deliver policies that will protect Turkey’s unity.”
Diyarbakır – İzmir competition
Yarkadaş argued that on the referendum day, there will be a competition between the NO votes of Diyarbakır and İzmir and added, “I felt like I was roaming the streets of İzmir when I was walking down the streets of Diyarbakır. It was as if we visited the artisans of İzmir. Everyone we have spoken to has indicated that he or she will vote NO. Diyarbakır has freshened our hopes.”
They don’t want to be separated
Yarkadaş who argued that Diyarbakır doesn’t want a presidential regime, has stated “The reason to this is that they don’t want to be separated, they believe the presidential system would separate the country.” Yarkadaş stated that this finding is also supported by the opinion researches.
Yarkadaş pointed out that AKP is trying to protect its’ presence in the region through governmental power and manipulation of religion, also said “Nevertheless, this isn’t going to be enough for AKP to survive.” Yarkadaş also argued that the fact that Barzani’s party is going to promote Yes had no effect in the region and said “People don’t even talk about it.”
Yarkadaş stated that they were very happy of the attention they received in Diyarbakır as CHP and indicated that they are going to work even harder to convert attention to sympathy, sympathy to trust, and trust to support.