Longing for peace

February 21, 2012, Tuesday/ 16:35:00

Kemal Burkay [a Kurdish political activist and poet] is now preparing to go into politics and will probably become the new leader of the Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR).

Burkay, who has mostly been speaking out against violent acts carried out by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK), aims to draw the non-violent segment of Kurdish society to politics and, in this way, create a new area in Kurdish society. It is too soon to say how much of a chance he has of accomplishing this because Kurdish society is currently stuck between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Also Burkay’s political language and messages to the Kurds which say peace can be maintained through civilian and democratic ways are not welcomed by BDP circles; on the contrary, these circles have harshly objected to these messages. One Kurdish politician has said: “It is a positive development to see that Burkay has returned to politics. But it is as though there is a fire that Burkay should have tried to extinguish by approaching everyone peacefully; he seems to be searching for the arsonist instead.”