The photos of BPD deputies that cast a shadow over Nevruz celebrations were recorded in social memory. I wonder why Tuncel and Bengi Yıldız acted so violently, with the former slapping a police officer and the latter taking a stone in his hand during a demonstration.
How did these two deputies, who claim to act for peace, turn into actors in a show of violence? The answers to these questions are hidden in the past and today. The answer in the past is obvious. Kurdish politicians wanted to take revenge for the BDP’s Sevahir Bayındır, whose hip was broken after she fell after police used high-pressure water hoses at a demonstration last summer. The answer concerning today is related to the internal dynamics of the BDP. It is about entering the candidate lists for Parliament and being elected again in June’s general elections. Another reason for the violent actions of the BDP deputies is their wish to win the appreciation of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the party’s grass roots.