Demolition in Şırnak and Sur: Tenders given to companies of the AKP

Habibe Eren

ANKARA – HDP Şırnak MP Aycan İrmez evaluated the ongoing demolition in Şırnak city center and Sur, “The AKP gave the tenders to its members and its supporters. All companies, which began the demolition, are close to the AKP. This supports their theft and corrupt mindset,” said Aycan.

While the curfew, which was declared in the Şırnak city center on March 14, 2016 by the Governorate, was partially lifted on November 14, 2016 even though the operations were announced as ended formally on June 3, 2016, the curfew was lifted completely on April 10, 2017 after 392 days.

Demolition activities have continued in the city without interruption since June 3, 2016. In the city center, where almost eight of 12 neighborhoods have been razed to the ground, the state demands the owners of the homes to leave their homes in the Gazipaşa Neighborhood.

‘The memory of the city is being erased’

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Şırnak MP Aycan İrmez, who evaluated the ongoing demolitions in Şırnak and Sur, said the AKP tried to erase the memory of the people and the texture of the city along with the pillage and demolition policies.

‘Demolitions targets the people’

Stating that the AKP government has never respected the laws and rights and it has developed the demolition policies since it came into power, Aycan recalled that the curfews were declared in Sur, Cizre and Silopi in illegal way. Aycan said, “We see that these demolitions orders target the people. Homes of the citizens were taken from them. Now, the demolitions in Şırnak and Sur are continuing.”

Noting that notices were sent to many citizens and minutes were written for many homes saying “heavy damaged” without any notice, Aycan said, “The Council of Ministers is demolishing Sur and Şırnak unlawfully under the name of risk area without basing these demolitions on expert report. We are facing the looting policies imposed on Kurdistan. They couldn’t enter Sur due to the resistance of the people; however, they cut their electricity and water in order to break the will of the people.”

‘We regard this as genocide’

Reporting that Şırnak has 12 big neighborhoods; eight of these neighborhoods have been razed to the ground, Aycan said the 30% of the undemolished parts of the two neighborhoods has been begun to be demolished. Informing that the municipal police officers tell the citizens, “Leave your homes or we will force you to leave” with the order they take from the trustee appointed to the municipalities, Aycan said:

“The AKP gave the tenders to its members and its supporters. All companies, which began the demolition, are close to the AKP. We regard these practices as genocide. If you try to change the tecture of a city, it means you erase the memory of the people. Annihilating the culture of a city means leaving the people without memory. But our people are conscious of these policies.”