In another positively historical political moment in Turkey, President Abdullah Gül pays a visit to Tunceli. This city, predominantly Alevite, has been the symbol of radical opposition to Establishment. [I had just heard that fatally ill political prisoner Güler Zere may be released, news coming soon]
oh yes, she is released (though it might be too late)…
During his visit in Tunceli President Abdullah Gül faced several demands of local NGO’s, such as to stop the construction of dams, to reform the ‘Cem’ houses and the Department of Religious Affairs, to release 86-year-old Yusuf Kaplan, to apologize for what happened in 1938 and to disclose the grave of Seyit Rıza and his friends.
Lawyer Aslan warns once more that imprisoned cancer patient Zere’s health is continuously deteriorating. She emphasizes that the probability of Zere to die increases if the authorities do not take any action soon.
?or in the case of Massoud Barzani, the same Kurd. Mr. Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, might well wonder at the rollercoaster route which his reputation has traveled over the rocky terrain of Turkish public opinion. His star is in the ascendant at the moment, as so it should be after the first visit by a Turkish foreign minister to his administrative capital in Arbil. Better late, the saying goes, than never.
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which introduced an initiative this summer to solve the long-standing Kurdish problem, is preparing to bring this initiative to the floor of Parliament next week.
The release of 34 Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) militants coming through the Habur border gate from the Kandil Mountains after a superficial and routine interrogation has pointed to a visible turning point in the resolution of the Kurdish issue. These people?s past and their significance in the eyes of the Kurdish populace matters; however, the actual step was taken by the government. A symbolic, yet psychological, threshold was overcome.