The recent incident of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) abduction of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün points to the organization’s struggle to gain influence over Alevi Kurds.
The fact that the CHP, which does not have a powerful presence most anywhere in the Southeast, is in power in Tunceli disturbs the PKK, which is striving to take all Kurds, including Alevi, Sunni, rightist and leftist ones, under its control. For abducting a deputy, who represents the will of the nation, the PKK has of course received harsh criticism and disapproval both from the Turkish public and from the international community. But terrorist organizations such as the PKK do not care about their prestige; they only care about how such an act will contribute to the authority they are trying to exert over the region. As the PKK attaches more importance to spreading fear rather than not losing its prestige by killing innocent people, it plans its tactics based on the strategy of spreading fear, not getting more sympathy. This is why the discourse of “we should sympathize with the PKK terrorists more” is just meaningless.