A video that made its way into the Turkish media on Saturday showing Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists and nine pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies chatting and hugging one another along a highway in the Şemdinli district of Hakkari province has fallen like a bombshell onto Turkey’s political agenda and has drawn the ire of the public as well as politicians, as a bloody terrorist attack had taken place in Şemdinli and the BDP officials were allegedly congratulating the terrorists for the attack. Greatly disappointed by the video, columnists reiterate the urgency of the BDP distancing itself from the terrorist organization and contributing to the resolution of the Kurdish issue by peaceful means.
Saying that the PKK and BDP have such a tight and strong bond that is almost like a marriage bond and so the video was no surprise to him, Gültekin Avcı from Bugün asks what to expect other than this video from a party that has not once used the word “terrorist” for the PKK. Did not BDP deputies declare PKK terrorists as “heroes” in the past? Did not BDP deputy Sabahat Tuncel once take a terrorist to an airport to help him flee from the police, and on top of this, didn’t she try to stop the police from catching the terrorist? Are not the Kandil Mountains, where PKK headquarters are located, where the PKK leaders appoint BDP deputies? And with many other examples, isn’t the video of BDP deputies hugging terrorists just natural and normal, he asks.
Speaking harshly of the BDP, Star’s Yalçın Akdoğan reiterates his old and constant argument that the BDP’s only goal is to legitimize the PKK and to free jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. Kurds and their problems, therefore, are nothing but tools on which the terrorist organization bases its causes, he maintains. And the video is a proof of this “sick relationship” between the party and the terrorist organization.
Star’s Sedat Laçiner has always argued that every segment of society should be represented in Parliament. But considering the stance and acts of the BDP today, if Parliament continues to allow the BDP to carry out such acts in favor of the PKK, the terrorist organization will slowly get a legitimized and normalized image and position in the public’s view, implying that the party might be closed in the event of continuing with such a stance on the PKK. However, Laçiner says, even if the BDP is closed, a new party or parties arguing for the Kurdish people’s rights and expressing their problems and demands should be established right away.